Fox Broadcast of World Series Game 1 Cuts Out; Game Briefly Delayed - NBC Bay Area

Fox Broadcast of World Series Game 1 Cuts Out; Game Briefly Delayed

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    The 2015 World Series telecast threw viewers a few curveballs on Tuesday night as the Fox feed of Game 1 was twice interrupted by technical difficulties.

    The game between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals was paused in the fourth inning for about 10 minutes, starting at about 9:19 p.m. ET. The Fox feed cut out; broadcasters in the Fox studio said the disruption was due to the broadcaster losing power to a truck feeding a signal of the game.

    Fox Sports apologized in a statement for the outage, saying the primary and backup generators inside the production compound lost power because of a "rare electronics failure."

    "The issue was immediately addressed, although it resulted in the audience missing one at-bat during the time needed to switch to carriage of Major League Baseball’s international feed, powered by a different generator on site. The on-field delay was due to replay capability being lost in both team’s clubhouses," the statement said.

    The game was apparently stopped to accommodate the glitch in the middle of the fourth inning. Game officials could be seen consulting with Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer, as the feed returned.

    "The explanation for this delay is that Fox broadcasting has taken some kind of technical glitch," said a broadcaster, who announced he was taking over for Fox’s commentators.

    As the game resumed, a program alert on the bottom of the screen said, "We are experiencing technical difficulties" and indicated the feed had switched to Fox's international broadcast.

    The feed briefly cut out again in the fifth inning, and returned to the international broadcast. 

    Lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck returned for the bottom of the fifth inning, recounting what happened when the feed was lost.

    "Literally, I was reading a promo for "The Grinder," said Buck, joking about a curse from the show's stars, Rob Lowe and Fred Savage.

    Buck later said that video feed affected not only the telecast, but the New York-based video review booth's ability to check plays. Video review was implemented in the MLB this year.

    NBC's Daniel Sircar contributed to this report.