TNT Commits Worst Transgression Possible While Broadcasting Champions League

Turner Sports is having a first go at broadcasting the Champions League in the U.S. Its first week came with mixed reviews (mostly negative), but a bizarre TNT Champions League outage in the first half of the Manchester United-Valencia match on Tuesday was by far the worst transgression as a broadcaster of the Champions League.

Manchester United welcomed Valencia to at Old Trafford on Tuesday. The match started late because United’s bus got stuck in traffic (what?), so as the rest of the Champions League matches went to halftime, the one in north England was still ongoing. 

But that didn’t stop TNT from fucking things up.

At 41:34 in the first half of the Man U-Valencia game, TNT had about 15 seconds of dead air.

TNT Champions League Outage

TNT Champions League outage during first half of the Manchester United-Valencia match on Tuesday.

Eventually, studio host Kate Abdo appeared with the tail end of a cut-off promo for the halftime show before (after a few more seconds of dead air) TNT went to commercial. 

It took more than a minute (two full commercials) for TNT to realize the Man U-Valencia match was still going on before TNT returned to the match at the 43:03 mark, meaning fans missed about 90 seconds of match time because of the gaffe.

Fans were understandably not happy.

Fortunately, it doesn’t appear too much happened for the 90+ seconds the match was away — this was a match with Jose Mourinho involved, after all. But we’d definitely prefer to watch Man U’s back line kick the ball around than FIFA 19 and Walmart commercials.

Maybe TNT had the strength to do what Mourinho could only dream of doing: pull the plug on Manchester United. Maybe that's why the United bus was delayed? 

(As an aside, how does this happen somewhat often in European football but never in American sports? When was the last time you saw an NFL game delayed because of traffic?)

The Man U-Valencia match went to halftime scoreless, but TNT never really gave any explanation for absurdly going to commercial in the middle of a match, which is really a cardinal sin for a broadcaster. 

At least we didn’t have to watch Heidi?

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