THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS OF SPORTS
The Super Bowl is more than just a mere football game. It is a corporate bazaar that kicks off the annual television commercial and ad campaigns for many companies who buy into the TV show called the Super Bowl.
It is also the spot for "heritage" entertainers with "questionable" moral backgrounds, like Madonna, to strut their stuff.The NFL is a much better stage for reputation rehab than Disney's ABC-TV program "Dancing With The Stars."
The Super Bowl also defined which member of the Jackson singing family had the most impact on American values and morals and it wasn't Michael Jackson.
When all is said and done about Michael Jackson, it will be clear that he was a talented musician and dancer who sold a lot of records and made some interesting music videos, but it is unlikely that Michael's legacy will have more of a lasting impact than his sister Janet.
This is not meant as a slight but the reality is that Janet Jackson has left more of an impression on American society than her brother because without Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Texas back on February 1, 2004, American's would be getting "live" over-the-air radio and TV, warts and all, since over-the-air radio and TV station owners would not have to worry about being fined for indecent programming whether it is a visual or something said.
American politicians and political appointees or at least those politicians who were pandering for a certain block of voters became prudes and put more teeth into public airwaves indecency laws because of Janet Jackson. Those politicians wanted to protect viewers and listeners who tune into over-the-air radio or TV shows and might be offended by language or nudity. Cable TV, broadband and satellite radio do not have the same restrictions for whatever reason.
That performance changed how Americans receive over-the-air TV and radio offerings and gave conservatives a new rallying point. Eventually they would introduce a new censorship or morality through the threat of hefty fines against media companies who might be found in violation of "indecency."
Of course "indecency" is in the eye of the beholder and for some members of Congress, it took about 15 hours for them to start screaming about Janet Jackson's exposed breast on the steps of the Capitol in Washington.