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What happens when you have a live feed of a big sporting event and the live broadcast is delayed?

On the morning of Friday the 13th, the WNBA announced it had suspended live broadcasts of the Brooklyn Nets-Washington Mystics game from 10:30am (AEST) to 5pm (AEDT) for a two-week delay due to a medical condition that prevented it from going ahead. 

The decision was announced by the league, but was delayed after it was revealed that the broadcast would be delayed due to the condition of the woman who was suffering from a brain bleed. 

A tweet from the league said: “The league is working hard to ensure our fans have the highest level of comfort during this time of transition.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of fans during this process.” 

WWE tweeted a message of support, but the show’s broadcast was still not going ahead: https://twitter.com/WWE/status/92716286513442496/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Ewww.wwe.com%2FSeries%2EFWWE%2FDVideos%2ECompatible%2FPixel%2FExtensions%2FCompatibleVideo%2FMovie%2EPage%2Bx%2Fseries%3D1%3DDocumentation%3DPixel%26title%3DSenforcers%3DenforcersFirmly%26platform%3DFramatic+streamer%26type%3DTrial%26url%3DWelcomes+WWE+to+help+in+support+of+the+nbcsports+event+live+streaming+in%E2%80%9D.

#NBAConstruction pic.twitter.net/pZqVl8vZ0W”The full tweet from WWE was sent at 4:50pm local time, meaning the delay was not announced until 5pm on Saturday morning. 

According to the tweet, the delay is to help with the recovery of the “female patient”. 

According the BBC, the broadcast was to be a live broadcast of the game, but due to her condition, it was postponed to Sunday. 

WrestleMania 31 was not the first live event that was put on hold due to medical concerns. 

Last year, an NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons was put onto hold after a fan became critically ill following a concussion and blood clotting. 

It is understood the fans who were evacuated from the stadium did not have the medical attention necessary to stay there for an extended period of time, which may have made them susceptible to the blood clot. 

In 2016, WWE announced a new live streaming service for live events in the US, and was looking to make the experience more accessible to fans of the league. 

 Walt Disney World has confirmed that it will also be broadcasting its upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi on a livestream starting on the same day. 

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