Power loss short-circuits broadcast of Game 1 of World Series
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Internet exploded when Fox Sports cut out of Game 1 of the World Series in the fourth inning on Tuesday night because of technical problems.
During the game between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, a screen appeared saying “we are experiencing technical difficulties, please stand by.”
The primary and backup generators powering Fox’s broadcast production trucks went out — a “rare electronics failure,” Fox said — knocking the game off the air.
Fox quickly switched to MLB Network’s international feed and announcers. That broadcast used a different generator. Fox was back on the air with its broadcast about 20 minutes later.
But the power outage didn’t just affect folks watching at home. It delayed the game as well because teams use the television broadcast for the replay system.
“The on-field delay was due to replay capability being lost in both team’s clubhouses,” Fox said.
So action on the field was delayed about six minutes.
In Kansas City, Google Fiber experienced about an hourlong outage during the early innings, enraging Royals fans watching the game and causing the tech giant to tweet out a quick apology.
“We’re so sorry about the outage in KC,” Google said. “We know it couldn’t have happened at a worse time, and we’re working as quickly as we can to fix it.”
As expected, Twitter blew up with people asking why the biggest baseball game of the year was off the air.
The Royals beat the Mets, 5-4, in 14 innings in the longest Game 1 in World Series history. The game ended just before 11:20 p.m. MDT, taking 5 hours, 9 minutes to play.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series begins just after 6 p.m. Wednesday on FOX31 Denver.