TORONTO – The World Series opener was delayed for almost seven minutes after Fox Sports temporary lost power Tuesday night – sending baseball fans into an uproar on social media.
The outage occurred during the bottom of the 4th inning of Game 1 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets.
A Fox broadcast truck temporarily lost power outside of Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, leaving viewers at home with nothing to see other than a blank screen.
We apologize for technical difficulties with our #WorldSeries broadcast. We are working on fixing the issue ASAP
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 28, 2015
The game was temporarily delayed as the broadcast outage affected game officials from viewing video reply. Fox switched its signal to the Major League Baseball Network’s live international feed of the game, but that feed suffered a brief outage of MLB’s signal as well.
Fox issued a statement addressing the cause of the outage, saying it was a “rare electronics failure.”
“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 broadcaster said. “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.”
Needless to say, the outage and apology didn’t go over so well as the broadcaster became the brunt of memes and joke on social media. Here’s a look:
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— Peter Shankman (@petershankman) October 28, 2015
Live look-in at FOX technicians repairing the #WorldSeries power outage. pic.twitter老域名购买/1XgD4RnCdp
— Bryan Wood (@bryanwx) October 28, 2015
Inside the #FoxTruck #WorldSeries pic.twitter老域名购买/NkwsUMxWBP
— Vito Chiaravalloti (@ColtsAD) October 28, 2015
Live look into the Fox Truck #WorldSeries #LGM pic.twitter老域名购买/kvbeikaSK8
— Joe Murphy (@The_Joe_Murphy) October 28, 2015
Fox Sports control room #WorldSeries pic.twitter老域名购买/pnCOtBQngu
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) October 28, 2015
Currently in the FOX truck, right @AaronNagler #NYMvsKC pic.twitter老域名购买/KOrjMggM7i
— Michael Klinck (@MichaelKlinck) October 28, 2015
Fox lost power to it’s truck. #worldseries pic.twitter老域名购买/nrs5cl1Gbg
— Joe Maracic (@GrafixJoker) October 28, 2015
And back at the #FOX truck… #WorldSeries pic.twitter老域名购买/jF0DmJ6j72
— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) October 28, 2015
I found the @foxsports truck. #WorldSeries #FOXFail pic.twitter老域名购买/2yZHygsLGl
— Jason Elan (@JasonElan) October 28, 2015
Oh look it’s 0-2 on two pitches we didn’t see because you showed us three guys standing in a studio instead. #LGM #FOXFail
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 28, 2015
That was some awfully awkward television right now. #foxfail
— Tony Merevick (@tonymerevick) October 28, 2015