Originally Posted by Brutus
MLB Network was allowed to have crews set up in advance. They are given that ability contractually. They were able to get hooked up and test before the game. Single-camera feeds, especially ones you're referring to in situations of on-location reporting are pretty simple. But I've never seen any setup on a production crew as simple as you're describing.
The fact that they didn't have a backup plan in case this happened is the issue. Every network doing a live feed has technical issues, and they deal with them on the spot, in seconds, all the time.
No matter how complex the set up was, all they needed was a guy with a camera hooked up to a backup transmitter in case the bigger set up failed. Every professional network I can think of would been able to handle this, as said before, every one except one.