FOX to use five-second delay for pregame, halftime shows

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Regardless of whether the NFL did or didn’t instruct Lady Gaga to avoid making any political statements during the Sunday’s halftime show, FOX will be able to silence her if she chooses to inject a little First Amendment into the Fifty-first Super Bowl.

Via Michael McCarthy of Sporting News, FOX will employ a five-second delay during the pregame and halftime shows. It’s unclear whether FOX will be hoping to avoid a wardrobe malfunction or a political statement; McCarthy points to mounting speculation that Lady Gaga or pregame performers from Hamilton will choose to express their views regarding the travel ban or other political issues.

During a pre-Super Bowl press conference, Lady Gaga said that her halftime show will celebrate “inclusion” and “equality.”

Apart from the existence of a delay and the parameters for its use, it’s safe to assume that the contracts signed by the talent performing before and during the Super Bowl contain clear language about what can and can’t be done, with stiff financial penalties that automatically attach in the event of a breach.

58 responses to “FOX to use five-second delay for pregame, halftime shows

  1. Does anyone with half a brain doubt this has been going on since the last Houston Super Bowl? But yeah we get it, this time it’s personal right? Could we stop politicizing everything for just a few hours?

  2. Whats one more celebrity shooting their mouth off about a country that has allowed them to shoot there mouth off because someone else spilled their blood for them.

  3. Five seconds is not going to be enough to censor the response from the crowd, which I expect to range from booing to perhaps somewhat vile language.

    “And now for an unscheduled commercial break…”

  4. yeah ok gaga, with your net worth well north of $250 million, we don’t need to hear how down you are with all the oppressed of the world..yep, no oppression under obama, it all just started 16 days ago with trump. you lefties need a stinking reality check. also springsteen, he does a concert recently and says “i stand b4 you, an embarrassed American”. well thats a simple thing to fix bruce..renounce your citizenship.

  5. I watch the Patriots/Panthers Super Bowl in China. There was a one-hour delay. I had to read about the wardrobe malfunction the next day. I don’t think they put a tape delay on Prince. Play that, um, guitar.

  6. The pregame show is so bad I had to change the channel to golf and won’t go back until kickoff.

  7. How about if, instead of President Trump, the “entertainers” criticize Commissioner Goodell? Will they still get the #SpartacusSuperBowl treatment?

  8. I am hoping these idiotic celebrities ruin the half time show for good so we can get to a normal format. It will be better for the players and the fans.

  9. “The pregame show is so bad I had to change the channel to golf and won’t go back until kickoff.”

    I’ve got comcast on with the Boston homer press. They are annoying in their own way but less so than Fox

  10. One of these days, those clean cut kids from Hooray for Everything will get another shot. And once again remind us that the greatest hemisphere in the word, is, in fact, the Western Hemisphere.

  11. This has the potential to be a very good show, regardless of what you think of her, she has way more talent than previous people that they have asked to perform (coldplay), and while i didn’t mind the RHCP they put on a less than awesome show in my opinion. So I will give her a chance to entertain, and if that doesn’t work every time shes changes outfits you need to drink.

    Party Hard, enjoy the game, designate a driver.

  12. Bill O’rielly, celebrity journalist, who doesn’t know anything about how government works interviewing Donald Drumf, celebrity politician, who also has no idea about how government works!!! woo hoo make everything great again

  13. I hope it’s over the top political. That’s why everybody is tuning in. If they just wanted normal political commentary they would just watch the news. No, everybody wants something over the top. That’s what needs to be delivered. Hey and if we get to see a boob or two that’s a bonus.

  14. Ot’s not censorship. Gaga is a contracted performer and the NFL is spending 10 million for her performance. They have the right to know, approve, and disapprove whatever is going to be said on their broadcast that they are footing the bill for. She is on their time not her own and should be respectful of that.

  15. Are we the nation that hates it when our celebrities make political statements, or are we the nation that elects celebrities to the white house? I’d listen to what Lady Gaga has to say. Who knows, she could be our next president.

  16. 95% of the MSM is run by Liberals (nothing wrong with that, people have the right to choose their political leanings) . However, these Liberals in the media think the people of the country is just like they are–in fact, only about 25% of the country is Liberal.

    The point here is that people don’t want to hear any left-wing drivel when they tune in to watch a football game, but my guess is that is what they will get–left-wing drivel.

  17. Go preach the inclusion and equality message somewhere they actually have an issue with it. We have inclusion and equality at every level already here in the USA.
    Why don’t you go preach that over in the Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, or any number of other places around the world where it’s actually an issue?
    Shut up and sing!

  18. we have no more true hollywood celebrities except hanks and a very few others,
    the rest are just too highly paid bs artists that make too much money for doing too little , except shoot their mouth off because they think they have a voice that actually matters…
    play the damn game.

  19. The cast of Hamilton??!!! For what? I know they want to attract women who don’t care about football but come on Fox that was a dumb move. This Super Bowl should have featured Metallica

  20. Maybe we should just get rid of the pre-game and half time shows if the participants selected for their musical or performance talents would rather do demonstrations instead of showing to the world their abilities.

    Then again, if they have to resort to lip-syncing and political statements, maybe they aren’t all that talented to begin with.

  21. How about just doing away with the “Halftime Show” in general?

    Give us a regular Halftime Report, talk about stats and the game, show your commercials, and get back to the game.

    Really, I’ve never, ever cared about who was performing or who had anything to say. If I watch the game, I care about the actual game. Nothing else.

  22. Bill O’rielly, celebrity journalist, who doesn’t know anything about how government works interviewing Donald Drumf,
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    Drumf, celebrity politician? Ooh, good one.

    That “celebrity” politician beat Hillary Clinton, your so-called professional candidate, who had 35+ years in politics, the entire media system behind her, academia behind her, and $750,000,000 to spend and she still got whooped

    Now, isn’t this where you bring up Russia?

  23. You-all got a problem with anybody making a statement get on the next flight an go live under Putin . Last time I checked this was still America . 50 years from now you’ll all most likely be dead so who gives a rats aszz ..

  24. “inclusion” and “equality” as long as you’re not part of the (color redacted) ‘Patriarchy’.
    I will turn off halftime at any hint of hypocrisy from that ‘Lady’.

  25. If this thing goes political I will have no problem at all cutting my tv off at halftime and not finishing the game.

    Hell my wife voted for Hillary and she said she’s not even watching b/c she doesn’t want to sit through the political message in commercials or be lectured by a celebrity at half time.

  26. Lady Gaga said that her halftime show will celebrate “inclusion” and “equality.”
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    Oh Lord. We know what liberals really mean by that.

  27. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:

    There are a lot of very vile, angry righties who post on this website. Just an observation
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    I haven’t seen any righties burning cars, smashing windows, defecating on the US flag and throwing rocks at police lately.

  28. ariani1985 says:
    Feb 5, 2017 6:02 PM
    Will this affect my packs off season championship?
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    Exactly what sort of off-season pack championship do you and your fellow squirrels participate in?

  29. abninf says:
    Feb 5, 2017 6:39 PM
    Lady Gaga said that her halftime show will celebrate “inclusion” and “equality.”
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    Oh Lord. We know what liberals really mean by that.

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    You mean…….like the Pope?

  30. Bill O’rielly, celebrity journalist, who doesn’t know anything about how government works interviewing Donald Drumf,
    ========================
    Drumf, celebrity politician? Ooh, good one.

    That “celebrity” politician beat Hillary Clinton, your so-called professional candidate, who had 35+ years in politics, the entire media system behind her, academia behind her, and $750,000,000 to spend and she still got whooped

    Now, isn’t this where you bring up Russia?

    I agree he ran a great campaign against an unpopular establishment centerist democrat. the problem is he is clueless about running our country.

  31. People paid a lot of money to watch a football game. Nobody paid to see Gaga or to hear her liberal propaganda.

  32. latenightroach says:
    Feb 5, 2017 7:39 PM
    People paid a lot of money to watch a football game. Nobody paid to see Gaga or to hear her liberal propaganda.
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    I’m guessing 50% did.

  33. gobolts says:
    Feb 5, 2017 6:02 PM
    That “celebrity” politician beat Hillary Clinton, your so-called professional candidate, who had 35+ years in politics, the entire media system behind her, academia behind her, and $750,000,000 to spend and she still got whooped. Now, isn’t this where you bring up Russia?
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Umm, you brought up Russia. And Hillary won the popular vote by nearly four million voters. That’s twice an antiquated system put The Republican Guard in the White House.

  34. My grandfather differed some from most others. He was of the caucasian persuasion, born in Walla Walla, Wa. in 1906 He used the “N” word liberally by my recollection. I do not identify as a caucasian. We both knew racism, he practice it, I experienced it. I couldn’t possibly have more respect for a man than my grandfather, but he wasn’t always right.

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