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ABC puts a 5-second delay on Super Bowl

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 4th 2006 8:34AM
janet jackson super bowlJust in case Mick Jagger or, God forbid, Keith Richards decides to flash us, ABC was already planning to put a 5-10 second delay on the halftime show. Now it will also be ready in case Matt Hasselbeck decides to moon the camera. For the first time in the Super Bowl's 40-year history, the entire event will be broadcast with a five-second delay. That includes pre-game, game, and post-game coverage. Gee, I wonder what that's all about. It couldn't be the thing that wouldn't die, AKA Janet Jackson's accidental or intentional boob reveal during the halftime show two years ago, could it? Apparently ABC doesn't want the $550,000 in fines that CBS had to pay for that major nip slip. Last year, FOX refused to put a tape delay on its broadcast of the Super Bowl. FOX network said it was treating the game "as a news event".

The Parents Television Council publicly praised ABC for going with the delay. The group president said, "ABC has wisely decided to ensure that this year's Super Bowl is not hijacked by raunchy performers as it was in 2004."

Now that the sex will be taken care of, what about all the shots of the coaches and players yelling curse words? Come on! We may not be able to hear them but we know they're not yelling about figs.

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Akbar Fazil

what I dont get is that live tv broadcasts are technically on a delay as it is. (I know, I work in the biz) There is NO physical way a live signal can get from its location to the central broadcasting station (be it satellite or terrestrial) and not be on some kind of a delay. The wardrobe malfunction could have been not broadcast. My money is on someone was not paying attention, or it got let through on purpose.

February 04 2006 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

The Seattle radio station which broadcasts the Seahawks games (KIRO) has an ad running which tells listeners to turn down the sound on the TV coverage and listen to their radio crew (which includes former Seahawks - and Edmonton Eskimo - quarterback Warren Moon) announcing the game. Presumably this means that people who do what KIRO is suggesting will know the results of plays before the people who actually hear the game broadcast by the ABC crew.

February 04 2006 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SamMalone

"Monday Night Football was on a five second delay all season.
Did you notice? Didn't think so."

Ahh, that explains why the radio coverage led what was on the screen! So yes, I did notice. When your hometeam is being trounced, its better to just mute the TV commentators and listen to the radio coverage. As an Eagles fan, I did that a lot this season.

February 04 2006 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

I am concerned about the depiction of violence from this game, which will appear on prime time TV available to children of all ages. The sight of grown men trying to cause injury to each other is not suitable for children IMHO! All contact should be edited out, so we can have a 5 minute show of the non violent highlights. The rest of the time can be handed over to harmless, neutered advertisements for milk and soup and such products.

February 04 2006 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Becky

Thank you Tammy I couldn't have said it better. Yes some of the commercials are entertaining but for the most part they are sexually oriented to the extreme they are a downer to most of the women audience.

February 04 2006 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

You have one incident like the Wardrobe Malfunction two years ago and now we have to protect the world from another incident. Incredible overkill !! The PC police are at it again. Lets let the exception be the rule rather than the opposite!!!

February 04 2006 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

Thank God! Truth, justice and the American Way are saved from the off chance that someone booby might be shown on national television! God bless America! Now if they could only save us from the stupid-ass, overly sexed commercials!

February 04 2006 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

According to Broadcast & Cable magazine: "Jagger got bleeped for language by ABC on two occasions when the Stones performed at the kick-off of the NFL season back in September."

ABC is just being responsible. Monday Night Football was on a five second delay all season.

Did you notice? Didn't think so.

February 04 2006 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mandy

Yes, let's worry about whether or not a football player's pants might fall down, but commercials with half-naked women falling all over men who drink the right brand of beer? Pills to help guys get it on? Men beating on each other over an oval ball? Totally acceptable.

February 04 2006 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blah

Ahh...

the sound of a major network giving in to neo-con lunatics...

February 04 2006 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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