The Super Bowl may bring CBS super headaches
A winning quarterback's salty language and a prolonged blackout spoil the Tiffany network's big day.
The Parents Television Council, a conservative media watchdog group, has called on the Federal Communications Commission to take action against the network for airing Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's unedited moment of profanity shortly after his team's triumphant victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
The FCC doesn't take action on indecent material aired between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. local time since children are less likely to have seen it. Flacco's expletive, however, was heard before that window began in some parts of the country.
"The incident was after 10 p.m. on the East Coast, so there is no possible liability for the Eastern time zone," telecom attorney Andy Schwartzman tells MSN Money. "As to the other time zones, the situation is very unclear. . . so I doubt the FCC would try to press the issue."
CBS declined to comment, as did a spokesperson for the FCC. The parents' council argues that CBS could have easily avoided the problem.
"It should come as no surprise that celebrating football players would use profane language," said the PTC's Dan Isett in an interview. That raises the question of why CBS didn't use a tape delay as it did in earlier parts of its broadcast, he added.
The networks have promised for years to take steps to prevent incidents such as Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" from happening again, but have failed to do so, he said.
CBS's other headache was the 35-minute stoppage in play Sunday caused by a power outage at the Superdome in New Orleans. The network basically stopped running commercials during that time. It did honor its commitment to advertisers, who shelled out an average of $3.8 million for a 30-second spot.
As Ad Age noted, some advertisers used the blackout to their advantage. Also, the audience stuck around because the game got a lot more interesting as the 49ers nearly staged an epic comeback. Preliminary Nielsen data released last night by CBS showed the game set a ratings record, according to the Washington Post.
--Jonathan Berr has a small position in CBS. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.
More on moneyNOW
So much over-ado about not so much. In the time it takes you to read this, some little kid somewhere in the world has died from needless starvation.
There's something worth your time and attention. "F'n awesome" is beneath all but the lame brain.
oh pleeeeeaaaaase...it was barely audioable....
these groups need to get a life if all they are worried about is ****!!!!!!!
where is the outrage over the go daddy at aired within the first commercial break of the game (if i'm not mistaken it was the VERY first commercial...)
that was the most disgusting part of the night....
so PARENTS group.....GET A EFFING LIFE!!!
When I was growing up, I heard the f-bomb dropped by my parents for more often than I did on TV.
I think it only took me USING the f-bomb once to learn that there's a time and a place for it, and the dinner table is not that place.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's suffers from to many hits to the brain cell. His mouth runneth his brain cell dead. However, CBS was totally crappy in their coverage, especially the audio throughout the entire broadcast.
I vote 10 thumbs up for the Audi, Budweiser and especially the farmers commercials. Great lesson in all of them; know what you want, be willing to pay the price and be true to yourself and your family.. never compromise.
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE and AMEX. See delay times for other exchanges.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Thomson Reuters (click for restrictions). Real-time quotes provided by BATS Exchange. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Interactive Data Real-Time Services. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by SIX Financial Information.
While incompetent bosses like Michael Scott and Andy Bernard typically can’t survive in the workplace, office romances are a very real part of corporate culture.
- Southwest Airlines turns less legroom into $773M
- 'American Idol' gets sorry ratings for season finale
- Powerball's wacky sense of humor
- Millions of Facebook's users are actually pets
- Can crowd funding rescue the LA Times?
- Domino's debuts a DVD that smells like pizza
- Average US retirement age climbs to 61
- McDonald's aims to slim down its 145-item menu
- Bathroom reading goes digital with iPad TP stand
[BRIEFING.COM] The S&P 500 ended this week with a bang, roaring to a new all-time high on the back of stronger-than-expected economic data, influential leadership, and an ongoing appreciation for the Fed's monetary policy support.
The bullish bias was evident in premarket action as the S&P futures pointed to a higher start without the benefit of any definitive news catalyst. Stocks indeed benefited from a blast of buying interest at the opening bell on this ... More
More Market News
All hail the bull market, which ended the week with a big rally. But it also is starting to look a little like 1987, which suffered an epic blow-out.