For about four minutes, millions of television viewers couldn’t watch the Mets play the Royals.
“A rare electronics failure caused both the primary and backup generators inside the FOX Sports production compound to lose power,” Fox Sports said in a statement.
“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 noted in its statement.
The issue affected the video-replay system.
“The on-field delay was due to replay capability being lost in both teams’ clubhouses,” Fox stated. “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.”
A backup generator should have been up and running when the first broke down, but it didn’t in this instance. Fox tweeted at 9:21 p.m. that it was working on fixing the issue “ASAP.”
Countless hours of preparation are dedicated to every major broadcast sports events, but incidents like the outage is a classic Murphy’s Law — if it can go wrong, it will.