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Power outage causes issues at start of Michigan-Texas Tech game

March Madness

The start of Thursday night’s Michigan-Texas Tech Sweet 16 game in Anaheim was delayed by a power outage, according to CBS.

The first game at the venue was between Gonzaga and Florida State, which the Bulldogs won 72-58. The second game at the venue typically starts not long after the first game, but the time between lasted longer than usual. CBS said the delay was due to a power outage.

There were other consequences to the issue — the graphics were sometimes sketchy, and they utilized the studio team for play-by-play and analysis rather than their courtside unit.

It took nearly five minutes of game time before the broadcasting team on site of Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Reggie Miller and Dana Jacobson were heard. Harlan said there was a power outage in their broadcasting truck which caused issues and might keep some of their camera angles from being available.

Maybe the issues were unavoidable for CBS, but it still did not seem right having the studio teams and such major issues for a high-profile sporting event.

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