Windows Updates causes team to lose basketball game

[And no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.]

As the home team in a match against Chemnitz in the German league basketball game, the Paderborn Finke Baskets were responsible for the large score display. The laptop that was controlling the screen crashed before the start of the game. As it rebooted, it insisted on installing Windows updates. The game was supposed to start at 7.30 pm on March 13th , but after speaking to the referee, the manager for Paderborn decided to wait for the screen to come back before tip-off.

With the team badly needed to hold on to their spot in the league, it took 17 minutes for the Windows updates to be installed [why so many?] which turn out to be two minutes longer than the Paderborn could work with. In an official statement from the Basketball Bundesliga league officials, they confirmed that Paderborn has been relegated from the ProA because if a game is interrupted for more than 15 minutes, the responsible team is considered to have lost the game. This is part of the league rules.

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