Statement from CBS Sports on Power Outage During Super Bowl XLVII

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February 3rd, 2013

via press release:

STATEMENT FROM CBS SPORTS ON POWER OUTAGE DURING Super Bowl XLVII to be attributed to JENNIFER SABATELLE, Vice President, Communications, CBS Sports

“Immediately after the power failure in the Superdome, we lost numerous cameras and some audio powered by sources in the Superdome.  We utilized CBS’s back-up power and at no time did we leave the air.  During the interruption, CBS Sports’ Steve Tasker, Solomon Wilcots and our studio team reported on the situation as a breaking news story, providing updates and reports while full power was being restored to the dome including our sets and broadcast booth.  All commercial commitments during the broadcast are being honored.”


  • anthony

    “aint no body got time for that”

  • Steven

    The power outage was fixed by the NFL to have a closer game!

    Before the power outage the score was 28-6 and then look at the final score 34-29!

    This was a storyline for Super Bowl XLVII.

  • nano

    Of course the commercials will always show.

  • RJ


    34-31. ;)

  • AppleStinx

    The half-time “show” sucked all the energy out of that place. It was awful.

  • CrimTV


    You must be blind and deaf!

  • Karen

    I dont understand how the delay affect elementary or advertisers? If elementary still followed after the superbowl people still tune in?

  • hessian

    The big winners in the blackout were the advertisers who got a bonus run of the commercial break. CBS had to fill with SOMETHING and ran a commercial pod. It ran again once the game was underway. FREE Super Bowl commercials!

  • E

    Terrible coverage by CBS during power outage. Not once did they interview anyone from the NFL about the issues. The reporting was very lazy.

  • Monkey

    @ Karen – A lot of people have to get up and go to work monday mornings. They may have tuned in for a show that started around 10, but after 11 they’re getting ready for bed, not staying up to watch a show that starts over an hour late.

  • Flame

    Comment on the web said that this was the most exciting coverage of a power out ever.

    German TV covering the Superbowl just repeated the Half Time Show, now that was a snoozefest.

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