The Blackhawks beat the Bruins 6-5 on an overtime winner from Brent Seabrook in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to tie the series at 2-2. It was one of the great Stanley Cup Final games in memory and the dramatic sudden death finish was just the capstone to an instant classic.
If you were watching the game in Austin, Texas on KXAN, there was just one slight problem.
You missed Seabrook's winning goal thanks to a botch of equally epic proportions. The network cut away from the action to run a promo spot for its morning show, followed by a commercial and only returned to see the Blackhawks celebrating. Eep.
And just to add insult to injury...
@awfulannouncing what is even better is that their teaser new story for tonights newscast is about how hockey is catching on in Texas!— Kerry (@Kerry_Pro) June 20, 2013
@awfulannouncing right now the tv station just apologized and then asked everyone to stay tuned to see "how it ended". REALLY?!?!— Kerry (@Kerry_Pro) June 20, 2013
Can't wait for the story on tomorrow's morning news about the angry feedback from viewers who missed the end of the hockey game because of one local station's screwup.
UPDATE: KXAN posted this link to their Facebook page minutes before missing the Seabrook game winner. There are no words...
UPDATE II: And here's the KXAN apology via andrewfelts...
Massive h/t to ckelley for the video
Wish they would stop putting these stupid fucking automated commercials on the web page. I click the play button to watch the video about the screw up at the station during OT. But all I hear is play by play hockey from a small ad on the right side of the screen that starts by itself. Finally located the source and stopped the video from playing. So, I restart the video the story was about and another god damned ad starts up in another window near the bottom of the fucking page that is so loud it droewns out the video that I am TRYING to watch. Fuck off with your sleazy attempts tom push some god damned product I could care less about. These automated ads are becoming the norm and i fucking HATE THEM and HATE the IDIOTS that killing their sites with this TRASH!!!! Time to start spreading a few viruses to these sleaZe bags and let them figure out how to get their web pages up and running again!!!
'Big Deal Local TeeVee Nooze' is nothing but glue holding endless banks of commercials together. Those insufferable promotions of the sort that caused THIS fiasco ("Will it be SUNNY tomorrow? I'll have that answer Nexxxxxxxxt!!!") are really pleas for you to watch their COMMERCIALS during the 'Nooze,' which is full of 'stories' that say, "officials aren't sure of the cause of the fire," and "Officials aren't commenting," and 'No word yet on how the crash occurred."
It should've been 3-1 after a t-shirt company mocked the Boston Bombings with this "Chicago Strong" BS.
The finish was great, including Toew's battle with Chara in front of the net. But, someone at KXAN needs to know to turn off the automated breaks when there's a hockey game on.
My guess is that most of Austin, Texas doesn't care about the Hawks or B's. There are too many hot chicks, good food and great drinking to be watching hockey there. Oh, and the bats...don't forget the bats...and 6th St. Yeah, see...they missed nuthin' :)
$5 says it's blamed on an automated promo system programmed to hit at a certain time... which would normally be during a newscast
Wow. You dont do that in sudden death. Everyone knows that someone ks getting fired for this tomorrow.
Fox Sports Indiana/Ohio has a bad habit of cutting away to commercials about 5 seconds too early while Thom Brennaman is still describing what happened at the end of the inning.
This personal pet peeve is now officially a minor inconvenience. Now I'm wondering which poor soul loses their job over this debacle.
@FredDick Get Adblock, you're the last person on earth not using it.
@ChrisNH Well said, and the quotes are perfect. "Stay tuned for little to no information."
@jjkaralis Bullshit, that wasn't automation. Someone in the control room cut away from the live feed to air that promo, not paying attention to the game.
@David Gonzalez That wasn't automated. For that to happen, you would have to program it into the rundown. They were live from another feed... someone in the control room cut away to that.
@jjkaralis But you would need a newscast and a rundown for that to happen. This was a live feed.
@YosefMordechaiColeman Why does someone always have to get fired for simple mistakes? It's as if the media has become HR directors, and the sheep that mimic them fall right in line. Is it going to make you day to be right? Are you going to run around and say "he should have gotten fired, and I'm glad he did." Or, "When I first heard about this, I said someone should be fired. And they did. See, I was right."
Leaders own up to their mistakes, try to compensate for not being more alert, correct the problem for the future, and then MOVE ON. ie. the total opposite way Rutgers handled their recent situation.
I do not want someone to get fired over this i was just saying that somebody orobably would have been fired over this.
@YosefMordechaiColeman My example was more like a promo between batters. First batter flies out, and the promo is run while the next batter comes to the plate. The promo goes long and the next batter deposits the first pitch he sees for a game winning HR.
But in reality, it was actually a joke. My point was the four-letter network would be one of the very few networks, the other being parent ABC, who wouldn't get upset about anything occurring while it was promoting itself.
There is a difference though in baseball there are commercial break slots but in playoff OT hockey there is no commerical slot and it is accepted that you do not go to commercial in case something happens and if you do you do it at the first stoppage after 10 minutes while they clear the ice. Therefore it is different
@YosefMordechaiColeman Okay, then why does EVERYONE know this? Has the media made is standard practice that someone always has to get fired for any slip that makes national news.
If I was running the station, it wouldn't bother me that much.
Do you think the four-letter network cares if they missed the game-winning hit in a CWS game because they were running a promo for Game 7 of the NBA Finals? No way. In fact that person would probably get a promotion for running the mandatory 20 promos for the game during the allotted time.
At that network you probably get fired for NOT running the required number of promos, regardless of any game action missed.