Joe Flacco’s Swearing at the Super Bowl 2013 Could Result in FCC Fine

Baltimore Ravens quarterback gets a bit too excited, doesn’t mind the microphones

The Super Bowl XLVII went off without a glitch last night, at least where wardrobe malfunctions were concerned, because there was a major power outage that delayed the game by over 30 minutes.

However, the surprise for audiences at home came at the end of the game, when Joe Flacco, the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, got so excited at having won that he didn’t stop to pay mind to the microphones around him and unleashed a couple of expletives.

Because there was no time delay to that part of the game, viewers at home got to hear Flacco’s swearing live and this might result in a fine from the FCC, the Los Angeles Times reports.

However, for that to happen, viewers must complain first.

“Typically, the FCC does not issue a fine without complaints from viewers. Not every CBS station that carried the game would be on the hook. Flacco's swearing took place after 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The FCC's so-called indecency rules run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.,” the publication reports.

Video of Flacco’s mishap is available online but, for the obvious reasons, I won’t embed it here. However, I’d say it was nothing as bad as it might sound – certainly not as bad as to lose sleep over.

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