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Raptors/Nets 24-second shot clock malfunction? Official blames ESPN.

Apr 21, 2014, 1:18 PM EST

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Toronto fans were pumped — the Raptors are back in the playoffs and thousands showed up just to watch the game on a television outside on big screens. They were ready for the postseason.

Then the 24 second clocks went out. Which led to the amateur hour sounding process with the public address announcer  Herbie Kuhn having to call out the time off a stopwatch. (He did a good job under the circumstances.) Toronto got mocked all over social media for this.

Don’t blame the Raptors or the Air Canada Centre here — blame ESPN, an official told the Canadian Press.

The day after the Raptors were mocked for the debacle, a Raptors official confirmed that an ESPN technician plugged into the same power source for the shot clocks, frying the power system….

“Let’s just put it this way, they’re not the worldwide leader in electricians,” the Raptors official joked, when reporters probed him for the culprit.

The 24 second clock will be active for Game 2 on Tuesday night. The fried cables and wiring have been replaced.

They probably have a big sign on it now, too.

  1. abchome - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    The power source doesn’t have fuse protection?

  2. sportsfan18 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Was there a sign on it saying NOT to plug anything in?

    ALL of us when looking around to plug something in simply plug it into the outlet nearest to us or to the thing we are plugging in.

    Seems to me that the technician simply did a common, everyday occurring thing… the technician didn’t do anything wrong…

  3. chunkala - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Glad everyone is finally jumping on ESPN. They are usually the cause of ruin for every sport.

  4. mackcarrington - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Someone posted that yesterday. I thought they were joking. Who knew?

  5. asimonetti88 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    ESPN ruining things. No surprise here.

  6. cbking05 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    What was the ESPN technician to do? …he needed to charge his I-Phone

  7. nawlinsmitty - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    It probably was not a normal “plug-in.” He most likely tied into the wrong power source.

  8. Kevin S. - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    ACC now claiming responsibility for the malfunction: https://twitter.com/cathalkelly/status/458312851367530496

  9. retxedfred - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    They’re not the world leader in electronics, not electricians!

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