Google Fiber, national broadcast both go down during World Series game

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015

A number of Google Fiber customers in Kansas City lost service just before the first World Series game started.

It came back, some said, about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, but that was after Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run.

“On Tuesday night, some Google Fiber customers in Kansas City experienced a service outage,” a Google representative said. “With the World Series playing, we know this was an important night for Kansas Citians, and we’re sorry for the interruption. Our teams worked quickly to fix the issue, restoring service for most people within the hour. All service was restored by 10:15pm local time.”

In addition, before the start of the bottom of the fourth inning, Fox’s national broadcast was disrupted. Viewers missed one at-bat, a Kendrys Morales strikeout.

Mike Moustakas was at the plate when Mets manager Terry Collins ran out to have a conversation with home plate umpire Bill Welke and play was halted. Royals manager Ned Yost also came out to talk with Welke.

According to MLB, the issue for the managers was that both teams were unable to view replays in their clubhouses, limiting their ability to decide whether to challenge a call on the field.

The game continued and replays were restored to both dugouts via MLB’s international feed.

According to Fox Sports:

“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 issue was immediately addressed, although it resulted in the audience missing one at-bat … We apologize for the interruption in tonight’s coverage and are working to ensure that the remainder of the World Series is broadcast without incident.”

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