Did ABC Need to Mute Brent Musburger’s ‘Freudian Slip’? [POLL]
Even the best in the game have the occasional slip-up every now and then.
During last Saturday night’s live broadcast of the Michigan versus Alabama football game in prime time, renowned broadcaster, Brent Musburger meant to ask his partner, Kirk Herbstreit, if he had “picked” a team from the SEC (Southeastern Conference) to compete for the national title in January. What he said, by accident, came out completely different.
“Did I miss something, or did you not piss an SEC team to play for a national championship?” Said Musburger.
Those watching at home didn’t hear it. All they heard was the sound on their television go out for a few seconds. Here’s how it went.
Thanks to the magic of technology that has been in place for years, the game, like nearly any other live broadcast, was being delayed by a few seconds. Meaning that what we’re seeing and hearing on TV (and in some cases, hearing on the radio) actually happened 5-10 seconds before it’s actually broadcast to our living rooms. This technology is in place to prevent things like this slip up or any intentional use of naughty language from going out over public airwaves.
Thanks to the infamous Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake “wardrobe malfunction” during halftime of the 2004 Super Bowl, broadcast networks and stations on every level (local, regional, and national) have tightened the belt so to speak to avoid being slapped with heavy fines from the FCC (CBS was fined $550,000 for the half-second exposure of Jackson’s breast, however a federal appeals court ruled in 2011 the FCC acted inappropriately and voided the fine). However, I think ABC overtightened the belt in this instance.
While I can certainly appreciate the “better safe than sorry” approach, the word “piss”, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t the worst thing that could have come out of Musburger’s mouth, even accidentally. Accidents happen to everybody. I remember once many years ago, I was live on the air discussing something about t-shirts when I left the ‘r’ out of shirt by mistake (it shouldn’t take you long to figure out what I said). I knew what had happened as soon as it left my mouth as the sudden sense of panic swept over me, but I did what any broadcaster would do, I corrected myself quickly and moved on. It happens, we’re human.
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