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I rely on the ESPN app to send me notifications as I’ve chosen for my favorite teams. For the most part it has been great for that but for one minor but increasingly irritating exception. Every so often (maybe every month or so), the Breaking News notification option gets set to “ON”. Every time this happens, I have to go into Preferences and Alerts, scroll down, and deselect the Breaking News option. Hearing the ESPN alert sound when I know I’ve only set it for announcing the status of games being played by only a handful of teams, then checking the update to find it’s some random bit of sports news (most recently boxing, which I don’t follow at all) is confusing and frustrating. I think “Oh! Did I forget a game is starting?” Then see a news alert I don’t care about and realize that once again I need to go into the app simply to turn off a preference I never turned on. Next time it happens, I’m turning Apple Watch alerts for ESPN off, and the time after that, I’m just turning off all notifications.
I’ve had the app for a few years now, and overall it’s interface and customizability has made many improvements. Their articles are also top notch. I’m a soccer fan, mostly global domestic leagues, and espn does a pretty poor job of coverage of the sport in the US. They used to show highlights for many of the top leagues worldwide, and without any warning they stopped playing any highlights from EPL games, which to me is a pretty big deal to miss out on. Even things like baseball too, where they used to have “sportscenter” style highlights for each game, now you just get a link to some random play from that game rather than a true highlight summary reel. I shelled out for espn+ because I thought I could get access to a lot more, but honestly it isn’t all that much. Unless you like the espn documentaries, podcasts, or UFC, I find I’m paying $5/month really just to skip commercials and a couple in depth articles (nice feature, but not sure if it’s worth that much). Lastly, obviously they are a huge company, but their customer service is pretty poor. I’ve reached out a couple times, get a quick response saying “we appreciate your feedback...” but really I’m just punted to some other department and never hear back or get resolution. So if you run into an issue or want to voice your opinion on the app, I wouldn’t expect much out of that.
So far, this app has been great, but there are a few things that make me rate less than a 5 or 4. I primarily use this app for baseball, as football season hasn't started. I just installed this app it to see if it was better that other baseball viewing apps I own. So far, the interface is great and well designed, but the app is SLOW! It takes a long time to start up, and it has a hard time with simple actions in general such as clicking on the details or score of a game. So far, I have had no problem with the live TV viewing aspect of it, but it should be noted that I haven't used it much as I am at home with my TV. The main thing that annoys me the most is that when I click on a player up at bat in the app, it brings me to a glitched version of the app’s website. You are unable to scroll, and have to use a drop down menu to continue on to the stats. Then when you finally get the stats, there is barely anything! In other apps, I can click on the player an instantly get an in-app page of TONS of stats, just like it should be! ESPN, fix this please!
I use the app for updates on scores mainly. The content in terms of writing, is often old, and without substance that would differentiate from merely the score. Redundancy seems to be the theme with ESPN. Let’s just write and speak the same things over and over regardless of the audience be it on an app or television. I miss Peter Gammons and his writing, but I will compliment Buster Olney for his piece on the Red Sox. ESPN needs more of that, and less of the redundancy. Return to the daily writing of yesteryear! Do some actually research and writing! There’re stories out there, and one of them is the return of “heat, cheese, hard-ball” through a proliferation of hard throwing relievers and starting pitching that has brought baseball back full circle. Spinning is still statistically important, but good old country hardball has returned! Here it is, hit it if you can is what every fan wants to see! Nathan Eavoldi showed the world that, of the many players in today’s game who have had Tommy John Surgery, a return to, and in some cases, new found power pitching is possible. So, country hardball, and Hope should be the theme to talk about in much more depth. Seek out minor leaguers, follow them as well, and shed light on what’s the biggest development in baseball today.
The ESPN app has been my go-to app for sports news, scores, and recaps for a long time. But it has been ruined with the latest updates and redesigns. The app is almost unusable these days. Even when I am at home, on wifi, with nothing else running on my phone, the app is slow and crashes often. Don’t even think about using it at a game or anywhere your connection isn’t perfect. They have overburdened the app with video, ads, and cookies that slow it down to a crawl or even just prohibit you from even being able to open the app at all. Today I finally jumped onto the apps “text support” to see what I could do to improve my experience. Unfortunately the ESPN support rep proceeded to first accuse me of having a bad connection. I pointed out that he was incorrect and the rep then informed me that the app stores a lot of cookies and I should just delete the app and reinstall it. This is an annoying suggestion but I did it anyway. There was no improvement. And the tactless interaction with the rep definitely did not help the situation. The point is, you can do better. Go find another app that works and was designed by a company that still cares about their user base.
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