North Carolina beat Kentucky in thrilling fashion to reach the Final Four on Sunday. UNC’s Luke Maye hit the game-winning jumper with just 0.3 seconds on the clock for the 75-73 win in a game that captivated everyone who saw it.

Unless you live in Columbus, Ohio of course.

Instead of seeing an ending for the ages that will go down in NCAA Tournament lore, viewers missed it because of a weather report break-in to live coverage thanks to a tornado warning in Franklin County.

What made matters worse was that the CBS affiliate in Columbus, 10TV, was having technical difficulties in their studio so the only thing viewers saw was a black screen as NCAA Tournament history was being made.

10TV only cut back to the tournament action just in time to see… the handshake line. Eep. As you can imagine there was some serious venting on social media about not just the decision to take fans away from the final seconds, but the fact that all viewers saw was a black screen. 10TV might not want to check their mentions for a while.

A ticker was already scrolling at the top of the screen telling viewers the details so the argument could be made that the network could have waited just a couple minutes to break in with local weather updates. At the very least, they could have returned to the UNC-UK game until they had more than a disembodied weatherman voice. Is picture-in-picture never an option in these situations either???

As frustrating as this might be for sports fans, local news people defend breaking in to live coverage, no matter how important the game or event is, to offer weather coverage if there’s potential for a serious storm. That’s understandable. But the timing and execution of what happened in Columbus could not have been worse.

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