As we’ve chronicled on this site, live television has its pitfalls. When a game goes off without a hitch, nary a word is said. But when there are technical glitches, everybody knows. And with social media, the mistakes are magnified as reaction is immediate and swift.
For the NBC Sports Group on Sunday, mistakes were not only seen and heard on one network, but on two. English Premier League fixtures were aired simultaneously on CNBC and NBCSN. CNBC had Southampton vs. Everton while NBCSN aired Manchester United vs. West Ham United.
Viewers on their respective networks were seeing the games they were supposed but were hearing the audio of the other game. So CNBC viewers instead of hearing Gary Weaaver and David Pleat calling Southampton-Everton heard Arlo White at Old Trafford introducing his partner, Graeme Le Saux and missed the call of a goal in the process. Take a look:
Those watching Manchester United-West Ham on NBCSN heard Weaver and Pleat snd they also missed White and Le Saux calling a goal.
It was a mess. These things happen, but it’s amazing to see that the glitches went as long as they did.