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The Super Bowl blackout was due to a 'brief equipment failure,' NBC Sports says

  • The Super Bowl went black for 20 seconds due to a "brief equipment failure," an NBC Sports spokesman said.
  • No game action or commercial time was missed, the spokesman added.

Dead air time during the Super Bowl was due to a "brief equipment failure that was quickly resolved," an NBC Sports spokesman said on Sunday.

The program went black for about 20 seconds but no game action or commercial time was missed, the spokesman said.

Disclosure: CNBC parent NBCUniversal owns NBC Sports.