The latest round of technical difficulties to strike a sports broadcast came on the ESPNEWS broadcast of the Eastern Michigan Eagles-Akron Zips football game Tuesday. Late in the first quarter, the video feed stopped working.
The broadcast said the cameras froze up. This is on pace to be an all-time MAC classic pic.twitter.com/ZUvwb4Z04l
— Colonel Hank Rutgers (@thejasonkirk) November 12, 2019
Soon after that, the feed switched to a radio broadcast:
In case you missed it, the EMU/Akron feed briefly went out due to technical difficulties.
— Hustle Belt, but Thanksgiving themed 🦃 (@HustleBelt) November 12, 2019
The regular feed resumed after a bit, and Eastern Michigan won 42-14 in the end, improving their record to 5-5 and dropping Akron to 0-10. So it’s not as if viewers missed the most compelling #MACtion of all time. And it makes sense that weather affected the cameras here; the game was pushed up to 6 p.m. Eastern thanks to forecasts of heavy snow, and Akron saw plenty of snow and cold Tuesday night. Still, it’s always interesting to see a national broadcast go out, even albeit briefly.
[Hustle Belt on Twitter]