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Super Bowl "Nipplegate" Fine Being Reconsidered

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2010 4:01PM
CBS logoSo...let's talk about nipples. Remember when Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jackson's jacket and exposed her breast during the Super Bowl (oh, memories...)? A Federal appeals court has already thrown out the $550,000 fine judgment against CBS but now they want to "re-examine" the decision. Maybe they just like looking at the video of the nipple incident (or "nincident," if you will) over and over and over again.

I've never understood why CBS got fined in the first place. It was a live sports broadcast. If you want to fine Janet Jackson or Justin Timberlake or the people who made Jackson's coat, OK, go ahead. But the only way a fine against CBS is justified is if you think they knew about it ahead of time and gave the OK for it to happen. What's the basis for the fine?

(By the way, the picture above is the CBS logo, not a nipple.)

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