Yahoo fumbles -- punts Facebook and Google from Fantasy Sports
I'll confess, I'm not a Yahoo user. Well, I do use one of its services -- Fantasy Sports. Yes, I am one of those guys that enjoys pretending I am a coach in the NFL, while sitting on my couch in my underwear, eating snacks.
However, I access Yahoo Fantasy sports with my Google credentials. The reason being, I am not a believer in Yahoo's security. After all, the recycling of email addresses is appalling. Today however, Yahoo informs me that it will no longer be allowing Google or Facebook accounts to be used to access Fantasy Sports. Instead, a Yahoo login is being forced on users.
"We'd like to let you know about an upcoming change to Yahoo Fantasy's sign-in experience. In March, Yahoo Fantasy will begin asking everyone to sign in with a Yahoo username to access their teams, rosters, brackets and more. Eventually Facebook and Google sign-in options will be removed", says Yahoo.
The company is trying to sell the following benefits:
- A streamlined sign-in experience
- A single account and password for all Yahoo products, across devices
- Faster customer support and account assistance
- Easier password recovery
Sadly, users must choose if they are willing to accept Yahoo's new rule. Signing up for an account means being forced to also have a Yahoo email address. Quite frankly, that should not be a requirement for playing fantasy sports. If Yahoo wants to gain users, forcing them is not the answer.
Will you continue to use Yahoo Fantasy Sports? Tell me in the comments.