When the lights went out in New Orleans, we didn’t get much information through CBS. The network was hampered by a lack of information from the National Football League, Superdome officials and the city’s electric grid. When a statement was released, it only led to more questions that couldn’t be answered in the network’s Super Bowl broadcast.
Well, CBS News’ Armen Keteyian was at the game and doing a story for this month’s edition of 60 Minutes Sports on the behind the scenes machinations at the Big Game and was inside the NFL’s control room at the stadium. He was talking with the league’s point man when the blackout occurred. I understand why CBS Sports’ cameras weren’t inside the control room, but at least someone from there should have been made available to the live telecast to inform us what was happening and when the game would resume. No transparency here.
We have this clip from CBS This Morning that also provides a tidbit that Beyoncé’s halftime performance went three minutes over its allotted time. That’s very interesting. So a lot of things conspired to extend the Super Bowl to its latest conclusion, 10:45 p.m. ET.
Here’s the clip.
The entire 60 Minutes Sports piece will air on Showtime this Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET. I’ll post the press release on the program later today.