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Fox’s World Series Broadcast Outage Draws Jeers on Social Media

”MLB International taking over on FOX. This is their Ron Burgundy at the San Diego Zoo moment,“ writes one Twitter user

Updated at 8:45 p.m PT Tuesday: Fox Sports released a statement explaining the outage that read, “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 intonight’s coverage and are working to ensure that the remainder of the World Series is broadcast without incident.”


Fox lost power during the broadcast of Game 1 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets, leading to a brief interruption of the broadcast Tuesday.

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

According to the Associated Press, the broadcast outage was caused by the network’s truck losing power on-site at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. The U.S. telecast switched to the international feed when the game resumed to continue broadcast during the outage.

Sports fans on social media tore into the network for the outage, mocking Fox for its inability to correct the issue and comparing it to the power outage during the 2013 Super Bowl.

Read the best of the social media reactions below: