Game broadcasts often involve a mix of live and pre-taped interviews, and that can sometimes lead to issues. Something along those lines happened to ESPN’s Holly Rowe Wednesday night, as the network wound up either not editing a start-over out of a pre-taped interview or airing an live interview that Rowe thought was to be pre-taped.

This happened while Rowe was interviewing Kansas freshman Josh Jackson following the Jayhawks’ 73-68 win over the Baylor Bears (where he had a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds). She first stumbled by asking him about “two of the biggest games of the year so far, Kentucky and Kansas” (for the record, Jackson also had 20 points and 10 rebounds against Kentucky Saturday), then said “Let me start over, sorry, I screwed that up” and then paused for a moment before restarting as if to make way for another pre-taped take. Here’s the clip:

Rowe recovers from this well, and she quickly gets in her question in its proper form (about Jackson’s role in Kansas beating Kentucky and Baylor). If this had in fact been pre-taped and edited properly, none of us would be the wiser. With it either being done live or not edited correctly, though, viewers wound up seeing an unusual interview miscue, regardless of if that was on Rowe or on the production team. It’s not a big deal, and mistakes happen, but it made for an unexpected moment.

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About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.

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