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SBD/February 5, 2013/Media
CBS Faced Technical Issues Along With Challenge Of Reporting On Blackout
Published February 5, 2013
I SEE A DARKNESS: In L.A., Joe Flint notes if "only CBS had lost power" and the game continued, it "would have been a disaster of epic proportions for the network." McManus called the blackout a "surreal situation," but said, "If this had been in the CBS compound that would been a bigger problem." He acknowledged that the net "should have done a better job of communicating with viewers about what was going on at the Superdome when the lights went out." McManus added that he "still has not gotten an explanation on what caused the failure." But if he "had to do it over again he would have pushed harder to get an NFL representative on camera" (L.A. TIMES, 2/5). SportsNet N.Y.’s Ryan Asselta said CBS "looked a little bad on this.” Once the net "established this wasn’t safety issue,” the NFL “had to get in front of the camera and tell us what was going on.” Asselta said CBS put Tasker "in a tough spot” during its blackout coverage. Tasker is a "guy that is not a reporter by trade” and he “was stumbling, bumbling out there” ("Daily News Live," SportsNet N.Y., 2/4).