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Monday, September 24, 2012

DirecTV mission control crashes and burns on Lions Hail Mary pass vs. Titans

If you're a Lions fan in Metro Detroit, you've likely seen Sunday's Hail Mary catch a number of times already. But, according to Pro Football Talk, some viewers weren't so lucky. Apparently, some DirecTV customers watching the game on Sunday Ticket were sent to a commercial break rather than the spectacular play.

"I don’t have all the details, but it was our error. We sincerely apologize to you and all the viewers who missed the TD," DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer told Pro Football Talk.
PFT says games on Direct Ticket often veer toward advertisements when they shouldn't. The service from DirecTV costs between $200-$300.
Some are already comparing it to the infamous NBC "Heidi" game, but since the Lions didn't go for the 2-point conversion to win the game, it didn't quite reach those proportions.
PFT commenter "z0inks" clarifies: "In fairness to DirecTV, viewers did get to see most of the play, and we got to see the ball being caught…but they cut to commercial just as the receiver went to the ground.
"So viewers had a pretty good idea what had happened….but until they cut back to the game feed, we didn’t know for sure whether he had maintained control."
Some other entertaining comments on PFT:
freshnsoclean: What do you expect? They need to scrounge up all the chump change they can get competing against cable.
genaro1331: Well…. a commercial would be more entertaining than the dreck being televised in that game.
awm7353: There is a lot of human intervention on live events and mistakes can be easily made. A very stressful low paying job with no appreciation when things go right, but all heck to catch when things go bad.
thegonz13: Wonder if Deion and Peyton will mention this can happen the next time they dress up as fairies…


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