ESPN's weather technical delay resulted in unmanned cameras and quite a unique viewing experience.
The Alabama-Arkansas game kicked off without normal camera placement as lightning in the Fayetteville area caused a technical weather delay.
Per company policy, the cameramen are not allowed man certain cameras due to safety concerns when there is lightning in the area, ESPN's Peter Burns explained. Cameramen perched atop Razorback Stadium were removed from their placement, resulting in limited views for ESPN's broadcast.
Without the network's best camera angles, the broadcast featured some extremely far away football during the first quarter of play.
Here's what Alabama's first extra point attempt looked like on the broadcast:
Naturally, viewers were surprised by what they were watching.
Alabama-Arkansas is currently being broadcast via Google Earth— Matt Scalici (@MattScalici) October 6, 2018
Others enjoyed the odd experience:
Can confirm. The camera issues for Alabama-Arkansas make this game actually more awesome.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) October 6, 2018
By the end of the first quarter, the weather had cleared and ESPN regained full use of all of its cameras.