Technical difficulties: Mets vs. Royals World Series Game 1 goes off-air for about six minutes

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FOX Sports technical difficulties during World Series

NEW YORK — During game 1 of the World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, October 27th, Fox lost coverage due to technical difficulties and outage.

Fox Sports said an electronics failure caused the primary and backup generators inside Fox Sports’ production compound to lose power.

“Before the start of the bottom of the fourth inning of tonight’s World Series Game 1, a rare electronics failure caused both the primary and backup generators inside the Fox Sports production compound to lose power,” the broadcaster said.

The New York Mets were tied with the host Kansas City Royals 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning when the technical issues occurred. The game was delayed about six minutes.

According to USA Today Major League Baseball columnist Bob Nightengale, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was “standing on the mound with no one to pitch to now.”

Major league teams often use the television broadcast to watch for close calls by umpires they may want to challenge.

“The on-field delay was due to replay capability being lost in both team’s clubhouses,” Fox said.

The Mets declined to comment on the situation.

For about 20 minutes, Fox used the MLB Network’s international feed and announcers. That broadcast used a different generator, Fox said.

When the Fox broadcasters returned, play-by-play announcer Joe Buck said, “Truck went out,” meaning the power to the network’s truck housing the production team and equipment was lost.

Buck was reading a promo for a new Fox comedy when the power went out and the screen went blue then black. A slate came up: “We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.” During the delay, Fox went to its studio team.

“We apologize for technical difficulties with our #WorldSeries broadcast. We are working on fixing the issue ASAP,” Fox Sports tweeted.

Courtney Hughley, a spokeswoman for Kansas City Power and Light, said there were no issues on their end.

It is not the first time a major U.S. sporting event has been delayed because of a power problem.

Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 was stopped in the third quarter when a newly installed electrical relay device meant to protect equipment triggered unexpectedly, causing another device to stop supplying power to part of the Superdome. The Baltimore Ravens held off the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 after the 35-minute delay.

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