In the wake of his team’s victory in the Super Bowl, an exuberant Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco used a four-letter expletive—which was heard live by the largest TV audience of the year.
But Womble Carlyle Telecom attorney John Garziglia
tells Inside Radio
that the FCC is unlikely to levy fines against CBS for the expletive. Garziglia says the Flacco comment was far different from the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction”
at the 2004 Super Bowl.
“One was a scripted halftime program that was clearly entertainment and the other was an off-the-cuff remark in the glare of excitement of winning the Super Bowl,” Garziglia tells Inside Radio.
However, if the FCC does decide to pursue action, Garziglia said it could have a chilling effect on any radio outlet that airs high school or college sports.
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