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TBS: Totally Botching Stuff

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Oct 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Game 6 of the ALCS is not on television, apparently because of a power outage at Turner Television headquarters in Atlanta.

No word from MLB when the broadcast will start. Just FYI, I’m not in Tampa covering this game.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: The game is back on. There was a router failure in Atlanta. It’s 1-1, enjoy the rest of the game. Certainly an embarrassing moment for TBS.

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Here is what the AP is reporting:

TBS had technical difficulties that prevented it from showing the first 20 minutes of Game 6 of the American League championship series between Boston and Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

The game started at 8:08 p.m., but the broadcast didn’t begin until 8:28 p.m., when Carlos Pena, the seventh batter of the game, walked in the bottom of the first. TBS then showed a replay of a home run by B.J. Upton, the previous batter, that put the Rays ahead 1-0.

TBS had experienced router failure in Atlanta, which caused transmission problems, Rays spokesman Dave Haller said.

TBS spokesman Jeff Pomeroy didn’t immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

In place of the game, TBS had televised an episode of “The Steve Harvey Show.” A crawl on the screen ran repeatedly, saying: “We are experiencing technical difficulties.”

Tampa Bay, seeking its first World Series appearance, led the best-of-seven series 3-1 after wasting a 7-0, seventh-inning lead in Game 5 and losing 8-7 to the defending champion Red Sox.

UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Here is the statement from TBS:


Two circuit breakers in our Atlanta transmission operations tripped causing the master router and its backup – which are necessary to transmit any incoming feed outbound – to shut down. This impacted our live feed from being distributed to any of the other networks in the Turner portfolio and caused the delay in our coverage. Both our primary and backup routers were impacted by this problem. We apologize to baseball fans for this mishap that caused a delay in our coverage.




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