Fox reveals reason for technical difficulties during Game 1 of World Series

Posted: 6:56 AM, Oct 28, 2015
Updated: 2015-10-28 06:57:14-04
NEW YORK – During game 1 of the World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Fox lost coverage due to technical difficulties and outage.

Fox Sports said an electronics failure caused the primary and backup generators inside 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,” Fox Sports said in a statement.

Fox Sports also apologized for the broadcast’s interruption in the statement.

The outage, which a Fox Sports spokesman confirmed lasted from 9:19 p.m. ET – 9:23 p.m. ET, came during the 4th inning, when the teams were tied 1-1, leaving many baseball fans perplexed as to what had happened.

“We apologize for technical difficulties with our #WorldSeries Broadcast,” tweeted Fox Sports. “We are working on fixing the issue ASAP.”

The outage caused Fox to use a different announcing team during the technical issues.

It also caused social media to poke fun at Fox and its announcing team, Joe Buck and Harold Reynolds.

“Somewhere, Harold Reynolds is still calling this game, doing the best work of his career,” tweeted Grantland writer Mark Lisanti.

The broadcast has resumed since the technical hiccup.

“What an amateur show for Fox!” tweeted CNN analyst Bill Carter.

Google Fiber also experienced technical difficulties in Kansas City Tuesday night.

“With the World Series playing, we know this was an important night for Kansas Citians, and we’re sorry for the interruption,” said a Google spokesperson.

Google said its service was restored within an hour by 10:15 p.m. ET.

A Fox Sports spokesman confirmed that the channel does not expect any financial impact from the outage.