World Series Fox Problem

World Series: 'Rare Electronics Failure' Caused Game 1 Snafu, Per Fox Sports

For those keeping score at home: E-Fox.

Fox Sports apologized to World Series viewers on Tuesday night as it scrambled to remedy a technical difficulty which saw its coverage blank out during the bottom of the fourth inning of New York Mets/Kansas City Royals Game 1.

Fox quickly put up the “Please Stand By” card seen above, before switching over to Major League Baseball’s international feed and announcers while it looked into the technical problem. Fox’s broadcast resumed an inning later, though the glitch resurfaced briefly a second time.

The snafu also affected the team managers’ access to video replays, though both Terry Collins and Ned Yost agreed to proceed with the game while their feeds were being restored.

UPDATE: Fox Sports released this statement during the bottom of the eighth inning:

Before the start of the bottom of the fourth inning of tonight’s World Series Game 1, a rare electronics failure caused both the primary and backup generators inside the FOX Sports production compound to lose power. The issue was immediately addressed, although it resulted in the audience missing one at-bat during the time needed to switch to carriage of Major League Baseball’s international feed, powered by a different generator on site.

The on-field delay was due to replay capability being lost in both team’s clubhouses.

We apologize for the interruption in tonight’s coverage and are working to ensure that the remainder of the World Series is broadcast without incident.

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  1. ninamags says:

    That’s embarassing. How many football games do they broadcast on Sundays? Trouble-free?

    Was there bad weather?

  2. BrightLight says:

    Ahh those 20 minutes that I didn’t have to listen to Joe Buck and got John Smoltz instead were worth it.

  3. c-mo says:

    Too bad we couldn’t have listed to the MLB announcers for the rest of the game. When the horrid FOX team was on I felt like I was watching a political something or other. One minute one team had the greatest whatever in the history of the world and the next minute the other team was even better than that. Even though I’m a Royals fan and we won, I enjoyed watching the pre and post games with A-Rod, Pete Rose, the Big Hurt and Raul Ibanez more than the play by play hacks.