Super Bowl Blackout Should Force NFL to Dig Deeper Into Prevention

February 5, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For over 30 minutes during Super Bowl XLVII, fans were forced to listen to a CBS broadcast that did not include the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens going at it on the field.
No, it wasn't halftime.
It was a blackout at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, an issue that has cropped up before in NFL circles. With no full explanation at hand and the league doing the bare minimum to explain to fans what was going on during the power outage, it is time that this incident on a national stage starts to hold more weight going forward.
The NFL's exposure is at an all-time high, especially with the league broadening its horizons to London in the coming seasons and the bevy of TV packages you can purchase to watch all 32 teams.
The blackout couldn't have come at a worse time with regards to that exposure, as an estimated 108 million people watched the February 3 showdown (via EW.com). With that many people watching the Super Bowl, it has likely been an embarras...

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