Residents in the middle of Missouri weren’t able to watch Sunday’s Elite Eight games on their local CBS affiliate because of a technical issue.
KRCG 13, which serves Columbia and Jefferson City and the surrounding areas, was off the air Sunday afternoon, meaning residents in and around the University of Missouri — an SEC school — couldn’t watch the all-SEC Elite Eight matchup between Auburn and Kentucky and the other Elite Eight game between Duke and Michigan State on their local affiliate.
KRCG first told viewers of the problem about a half hour before Auburn’s win over Kentucky.
We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our system. We are working to fix the issue and to reconnect your regular scheduled programming as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.— KRCG 13 (@KRCG13) March 31, 2019
Unfortunately for the station, the problem persisted throughout the entire afternoon. KRCG directed viewers to watch via the NCAA’s website and the March Madness app. Thankfully, since it’s 2019, there were at least other ways for basketball fans to find the games.
The affiliate came back on the air about 6:30 p.m. Central Time, right after the end of Michigan State’s win over Duke.
UPDATE: We have resolved our technical issues and are back on the air. We apologize for any inconvenience.— KRCG 13 (@KRCG13) March 31, 2019
Per someone with the station, the problem centered around an issue with their internet provider. We can all relate with spotty internet issues.
Our master control is run through a hub in South Bend. Our internet is through Centurylink. It went down, which means the connection with our hub went down. Without that connection, we don’t get anything to air.— Tony Mullen (@TonyKRCG13) April 1, 2019
At least the internet didn’t go down during the Final Four. Or during an NCAA tournament game that included Missouri.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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