NBC has sold 30-second ads for Super Bowl LII for a reported $5 million per spot. So it’s a big deal when an ad doesn’t fire off correctly. It happened midway during the second quarter and millions of TVs went to black instead of commercial, and then NBC awkwardly went back to the game with Al Michaels in mid-sentence.

Of course, leave it to the Deadpool movie Twitter account to put some humor into the situation:

And with the Super Bowl having the biggest audience of the year, it didn’t go unnoticed:

Certainly, NBC is hoping that it won’t be experiencing any more technical glitches. The network sent out this statement:

[Matt Clapp on Clippit]

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.