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FCC will not punish NBC for expletive in fans' chant at NFL game

“Inadvertent” obscenities don’t result in penalties

Fans are fed up with the National Football League’s (NFL) replacement referees, who have been filling in for the league’s regular refs who are locked out over a contract dispute. There’s been controversy surrounding several of the calls made by the so-called “scabs,” and during Sunday’s Baltimore Ravens/New England Patriots game, the crowd decided to make like the Newsies and “soak ‘em,” albeit with their words and not their fists.

The audience launched into a hearty chant of “bullshit” after the replacement refs made a perceived bad call. NBC did not cut the chant out of its broadcast, even though it went on for several minutes, and media outlets predicted that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was going to bring down the hammer on the network.

This did not turn out to be the case. The FCC has no plans to punish NBC for the chant. ““There’s never been any penalties imposed for obscenities inadvertently heard over air,” an FCC representative told TMZ.

 

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