A power outage in the Ohio-Central Michigan game.

The return of the MAC Wednesday night hit some technical difficulties. ESPN’s networks aired two #MACtion games Wednesday, with Ohio-Central Michigan airing on ESPN proper and Buffalo-Northern Illinois airing on ESPN2. But that Ohio-Central Michigan game wound up in a significant delay thanks to a power outage at Central Michigan’s stadium. Here’s how that happened, including the ESPN broadcast first losing video (and going to a red screen) and then audio, then eventually just going to a laser tag commercial:

And here’s how the broadcast came back after a few minutes of commercials, with play-by-play announcer Kevin Brown (who was calling the game from ESPN’s Bristol, Connecticut studios alongside analyst Mike Golic Jr., with field analyst QUint Kessenich the only one on scene in Mount Pleasant, Michigan) informing viewers what was going on. That clip also saw shots of the band members dancing with the lights on their cellphones, and featured the teams heading to the locker room for an early halftime.

Here’s a photo Kessenich tweeted on what this looked like from the sidelines:

Here’s Kessenich’s report from after the half, discussing how the video board stayed on, but the stadium lights went off and needed time to warm up:

The game then got back underway, so #MACtion may be back on the menu. But this was certainly an unfortunate disruption to the MAC’s return.

[Matt Clapp on Twitter]

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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.