Super Bowl 47: CBS handles power outage

BY STEVEN KUBITZA

Media coverage of the Super Bowl took an odd twist when the power went out inside the stadium Sunday night.

After the outage, the game cut to commercial and returned to a report from Steve Tasker, who was a sideline reporter for the game. He explained the situation and kept viewers updated on what was occurring inside of the stadium.

To fill the time, CBS basically extended its halftime commentary by talking with the pregame show crew. The delay lasted 34 minutes and CBS did well keeping viewers’ interest.

While commentators, for the most part, kept off-the-field situations out of their broadcast, Ray Lewis’ past was discussed at the end.

Announcers Phil Simms and Jim Nantz should also be commended for their explanation of a tricky scenario at the end of the game:

The Ravens were setting up to punt the ball from their own end zone with only a few seconds left in the game, and had two options. They could either punt it away or take a safety, which would make their lead three points.

The commentators explained the situations and covered the pros and cons of each option.

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