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

World Series Fox Problem

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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.