WatchESPN Goes Down During One Of Biggest ESPN Broadcasts Ever

ESPN is airing today's Rose Bowl and the historic start to the college football "playoff," but viewers hoping to tune in via tablet, computer, Xbox, Roku, or any other device have been shafted by the Worldwide Leader's online video service going down at the most inopportune time. » 1/01/15 5:39pm 1/01/15 5:39pm

SEC Network Screwup Replaces UT-Vandy Kickoff With Dick Stockton

Fans who tuned into ESPN's SEC Network for the kickoff of Tennessee-Vanderbilt today were instead greeted by an eerily silent Dick Stockton, who is calling a different game on an entirely different network. » 11/29/14 4:13pm 11/29/14 4:13pm

"I GAVE YOU A THUMB'S UP!" Providence Live TV Report Goes Poorly

Here you have WJAR sports guy Frank Carpano trying to deliver a live report on the Big East championship game for Providence's NBC affiliate. Yeah, there are some technical difficulties, but it's Frank's enraged thumb's up that we're laughing hardest about. » 3/16/14 12:13am 3/16/14 12:13am

Colorado Viewers Miss Six Minutes Of AFC Title Game, Learn About Santa

Somehow this flew under the radar all week, but it turns out Broncos fans in Colorado Springs missed much of the first quarter during Sunday's AFC Championship game due to technical difficulties on KKTV—during which Tom Brady was frozen on their screens for nearly six minutes. Even stranger, the CBS affiliate's… » 1/24/14 1:45pm 1/24/14 1:45pm

ESPN Cutting Off Bill Simmons Calls For A Sopranos Parody

Last night's curious incident in which Bill Simmons's thoughts on "The Decision" went off into the ether led us (and many commenters) to draw comparisons to the final episode of The Sopranos. » 6/21/13 12:00pm 6/21/13 12:00pm

Padres Invite Navy Spouse To Sing, Err, Lip Sync "God Bless America"

It's Military Spouse Appreciation Day in San Diego; the Padres are in their usual Sunday camo and a special 7th-inning message from deployed Navy sailor Joseph Dale was featured on the scoreboard. Following that message, Dale's wife Caroline sang "God Bless America." Except it's pretty clear she wasn't singing it at… » 5/05/13 6:58pm 5/05/13 6:58pm

ESPN Blunder Leads To Amazing Bob Ley Moment

Bob Ley is the cornerstone of ESPN's journalism credibility. His role at the helm of Outside The Lines has established him as a trusted voice in news, which is why this crazy moment is so very precious. » 5/03/13 3:34pm 5/03/13 3:34pm

Georgetown Beats Louisville In Game That Was 24 Seconds Longer Than…

Fifth-ranked Louisville dropped its third consecutive game today to Georgetown in what was a one-possession struggle for the final six minutes of action. Those final six minutes, strangely, were actually a bit more than that; the clock inexplicably stopped at 6:07 and stayed that way for 24.37 seconds. As far as we… » 1/26/13 2:48pm 1/26/13 2:48pm

Sun Shines On The Dog's Ass That Is Stephen A. Smith, As Technical…

Readers send us tips about ESPN2 offal vomitorium First Take regularly, but we're loath to provide the program any more attention than it already has (and, valuing our sanity, avoid watching it ourselves). So we thank Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch for the head's up on this brief technical glitch that took… » 5/10/12 12:45pm 5/10/12 12:45pm

Mark Grace Helpfully Used The Telestrator To Inform Diamondbacks Fans…

Faced with an audio problem during today's D'Backs-Mets broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona, analyst Mark Grace took matters into his own hands—literally—by using the telestrator to let viewers know why they weren't hearing anything. » 5/06/12 2:01pm 5/06/12 2:01pm

NFL Network's Draft Coverage Is Already Hitting Some Technical Snags

In an age of exclusive broadcast contracts, choice in television viewership is a rarity for live sports programming. The NFL Draft is the most prominent remaining event for which viewers can choose—in this case, between ESPN and the NFL Network. The latter's going all-out to try and grab a bigger share of the… » 4/26/12 5:00pm 4/26/12 5:00pm

Clippers Broadcaster Michael Eaves Spends Commercial Break Talking…

The NBA's had some technical issues today in their network distributing the League Pass package and one of them let viewers in on the private thoughts of Los Angeles Clippers broadcaster Michael Eaves, who during a commercial break expounded upon the use of the word "bum" and addressed a too-quickly-curtailed story… » 3/11/12 11:01pm 3/11/12 11:01pm

ESPN's SkyCam Becomes Self-Aware, Starts Attacking Iowa Players

It was bound to happen eventually: the wire-suspended ESPN SkyCam came crashing to the ground late in Friday's Insight Bowl in Tempe, nearly decapitating Iowa's Marvin McNutt and leaving the Worldwide Leader's Sean McDonough to apologize with a sheepish "Sorry folks." » 12/31/11 1:40am 12/31/11 1:40am

Classic Tony Romo Interview Becomes Student Broadcaster's Nightmare

A young broadcasting student at Eastern Illinois University scored a major get with alumnus Tony Romo, but I guess student activities fees don't cover dedicated phone lines for interviews. "Tony, can you hear me?" [YouTube; skip ahead for dramatic conclusion.] » 3/23/10 10:40am 3/23/10 10:40am

For the second straight day I've been faced with some technical difficulties. Yesterday it was the AIM screenname and today it's the Deadspin Tip line. I'm not sure what the problem is but I know that internet connectivity on Fire Island can be hit and miss. If you have an especially fantastic tip to share feel free… » 9/02/07 12:00pm 9/02/07 12:00pm