WATCH VIDEO: ESPN cuts to commercial at worst possible time during Lakers-Spurs game | CCTV News
A one-second commercial break would be a welcome change in the minds of many NBA fans, but as ESPN learned Wednesday, timing is everything.
The Worldwide Leader was anything but clutch during its broadcast of the Lakers’ victory over the Spurs, cutting to a commercial at the most pivotal moment of the night.
With the teams tied at 108 with four seconds left in regulation, L.A. guard Josh Hart inbounded the ball and quickly got it back before driving to the rim for a potentially game-winning shot at the buzzer. But as the ball was about to leave his hands, ESPN called a surprise TV timeout.
“Three to go, Josh Hart, to the rim!” announcer Mark Jones exclaimed before a mysterious man appeared on screen.
“No, no, pick up,” said the actor on his phone in a room bereft of branding.
The interruption was brief and returned to Jones in time to hear him say, “And it goes off. We’ll go to overtime!”
Fans who tuned in predictably weren’t happy with ESPN tuning out, regardless of whether it was a cruel joke or simply awful timing.
However, the network managed to capture the Lakers correcting their unaired attempt with an eventual 122-112 win.
Still, ESPN showed that there’s always room on the blooper reel for the network that shows it.