CBS cut to a commercial as Bills coach Sean McDermott challenged a sideline catch. McDermott lost the challenge and then Dolphins then scored a touchdown, but Bills fans had to take the Internet's word for it.
Citing technical difficulties, CBS lost the feed of the game and switched to the Broncos-Steelers game. CBS ran a crawl at the bottom of the screen, saying the broadcast would return to Miami as soon as the issue was resolved. The TV truck in Miami apparently lost power.
A CBS spokeswoman said, “The network was informed there was a power outage in a quadrant of the stadium that impacted the television trucks. We had to power our trucks back up after the outage and got back as soon as possible.”
The Bills' radio broadcast remained on the air, with John Murphy and Steve Tasker working from Bills Stadium and watching the game on large monitors. They were well aware of the TV outage, joking that it "should be a lesson" to Bills fans on the value of the radio.
Among the things that Bills fans missed was Stefon Diggs' first touchdown catch as a member of the team.
The coverage outage lasted about 20 minutes. Play-by-play announcer Spiro Dedos said about half the stadium went dark.
Bills fans were not happy.
CBS caught a bad case of 2020. #BillsMafia— ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ ʙᴇᴇʀ ᴡᴏʀᴋs (@communitybeer) September 20, 2020
The Bills are gonna lose to the Dolphins but nobody in Buffalo is gonna be able to watch it thanks to CBS...hahaha— Jason Reid (@JReidOneNiner) September 20, 2020
Can you send a death threat to an inanimate object? I will give a death threat to a CBS truck. #Bills— Todd Littles (@Hot_Toddy_GGSN) September 20, 2020
Shouldn’t they pause the Bills game until the CBS feed is restored? Your audience is all watching on tv— Nick Rauscher (@NickOLP1) September 20, 2020
In the year 2020 it is absolutely ridiculous that CBS can’t figure out how air they Dolphins-Bills game. What a joke— Ryan DiPentima (@Ryan_DiPentima) September 20, 2020
One of the only times this year I'll be able to watch football with my dad and of course cbs is having technical difficulties with the bills game. I swear all the bills broadcasts are held together with duct tape and dreams.— Matt Galeza (@ccmg12) September 20, 2020
Come on CBS fix your technical problems I don’t care about the Bronco/Steelers game get the Bills/Dolphins game back on @CBSSports— Jackie (@jacxson) September 20, 2020
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