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NBC's Super Bowl broadcast goes dark for almost 30 seconds

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Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (31) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports - 10588397

Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (31) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports - 10588397  (USA TODAY Sports)

When one of the most-watched events in TV goes dark for nearly 30 seconds, people notice. That was proven at Super Bowl 52 when NBC’s coverage briefly cut to a black screen and dead air, much to the confusion of those watching.

Early in the game, when the screen went black, it returned to NFL commentators Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth making no mention of the mishap, leaving many fans to wonder if it was a glitch happening with their very own televisions.

Not long after, an NBC spokesperson released a statement explaining the situation and what caused it.

From NBC Sports spokesperson:

"We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed."

— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) February 5, 2018

“We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed,” the statement read.

It’s hard to believe that no commercial time was missed, given that any and all spare broadcast time had been sold for commercials, according to USA Today. The outlet notes that a single 30-second advertisement during the Super Bowl can cost more than $5 million on average.

Regardless, NBC says that fans didn’t miss anything, but they still had a lot to say about the issue on social media.

Found out what caused the black screen #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/xS43xRUYp4

— Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) February 5, 2018

Who just paid $5 million for that 30 seconds of black screen?

— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) February 5, 2018

as commercials got too expensive, we are now just left with a black screen

— PlannedSickDays???? (@PlannedSickDays) February 5, 2018

The whole country just came together for 30 seconds to panic about the black screen on their TVs. Truly a beautiful moment

— Kyle (@kyler413) February 5, 2018
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