Columbus CBS Affiliate Cut Away from Final Minute of UNC-Kentucky to Issue Tornado Warning, and Viewers Were PISSED (Tweets)
The conclusion of Sunday’s UNC-Kentucky game was easily the most thrilling of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky trailed North Carolina for most of the game, but they managed to tie things up with 7.7 seconds left on a clutch three-pointer by Malik Monk. However, North Carolina quickly in-bounded the ball to Theo Pinson, who carried it down the court and drew defenders toward himself before dishing to Luke Maye, who drained an 18-foot game-winning jumper with 0.3 left on the clock.
Unfortunately basketball fans in Columbus, Ohio, did not get to see that. WBNS, the local CBS affiliate, cut away from the final minute of the UNC-Kentucky game to deliver a tornado warning for several nearby counties. So instead of back-to-back buckets in the final 10 seconds of the game, viewers saw this:
Tornado warnings are obviously serious business, and most people would have been more understanding had WBNS cut to radar footage that might actually have been useful to people. WBNS didn’t do that, though. They just ran six minutes of a black screen with a weather reporter reading what was on the news crawl.
Needless to say, fans were pissed.
@10TV you had a blank screen on to tell me the same thing the ticker was telling me before that. Thanks for making me miss the last 17 sec.
— W Flag (@cubslionsbucks) March 26, 2017
— RockOPFD (@HoneDennis) March 26, 2017
@10TV black screen, clueless weatherman, and missed a classic game. This better be the biggest tornado ever
— Nick Manno (@NManno_53) March 26, 2017
ARE YOU KIDDING ME @CBS? YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING. WBNS IN COLUMBUS, OHIO JUST CUT INTO THE UK VS UNC GAME WITH 30 SECONDS TO GO.
— Brian Joyce (@bjoyce_hoops) March 26, 2017
@10TV SHOW THE GAME! You can’t wait 30 seconds?!
— Andrew Moody (@SidBreamSlide) March 26, 2017
— Nate Longest (@n8longest) March 26, 2017
— Mac (@Macalacka13) March 26, 2017
— B-Will (@BWill614) March 26, 2017
— Zach Livingston (@zach_living) March 26, 2017
Initially WBNS promised irate fans they would show the final two minutes of UNC-Kentucky at 8pm.
10TV will air the last two minutes of the North Carolina vs. Kentucky game at 8:00 p.m.
— 10TV.com (@10TV) March 26, 2017
Buuuut then they had to push that back when the Tornado warning got extended.
UPDATE: Tornado warning extended for Delaware & Franklin Co. until 8:15pm. 10TV will air the last 2 min. of the UNC-UK once threat is over.
— 10TV.com (@10TV) March 27, 2017
Of course, by then it didn’t really matter. This isn’t 1977. Everybody already knew how the game ended, and anybody who wanted to could have watched the end of the game online.
Hat Tip – [Washington Post]