The Super Bowl power outage is the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
NEW ORLEANS -- The power outage during Sunday night’s Super Bowl gives new meaning to the expression “lights-out performance.” On the lighter side of things, people had a lot of fun with it on Twitter. On the serious side, we’re still waiting to find out what went wrong.
What we do know is that the outage was a major embarrassment for New Orleans as a host city, but the fallout was not all bad. The 34-minute delay turned a potentially boring blowout into a real game.
Overall, most fans were forgiving, as was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He praised New Orleans for doing a terrific job hosting the game. More important, he predicted the Super Bowl will return to our city.
As for economic fallout, apparently there was none. More than 108 million people tuned in to watch the game, making it the third most-viewed program in television history.
Overall, we were lucky that back-up systems were in place — and that New Orleans had performed flawlessly in all other respects. Yes, we were lucky to have dodged yet another bullet, but Superdome and Entergy officials owe everyone a full accounting.
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