Maybe Nickelodeon needed to broadcast their NFL Wild Card playoffs five seconds behind. Or did the producers think the microphones might not pick up players swearing on the pitch?
The kid-friendly show was fun (and we’ll get more on that in a separate article), generally well received by fans who accept it in the spirit CBS intended it to be. Slime cannons firing at touchdowns, first down lines in green and orange, SpongeBob Squarepants appearing between the posts when attempting to shoot a basket, and more.
But just before half-time, the audio on the pitch was a bit more adult than what Nickelodeon viewers (especially parents) would have liked. Chicago Bears receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was called up for being pushed out of bounds and then running to the sideline without making an immediate effort to get back on the field. This resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and an unsafe TV reaction for Patterson’s children:
Cordarrelle Patterson dropping an F bomb on Nickelodeon. pic.twitter.com/e1podNfVOC
– Josh Hill (@jdavhill) January 10, 2021
Oh, it’s a f-bomb, kids! You can’t do that on TV! Not a show on Nickelodeon aimed at children.
Neither play-by-play announcer Noah Eagle nor analyst Nate Burleson attempted to explain this one, as they did with many rules and games throughout the first half of the game. Nickelodeon’s show for young people and possibly the first time viewers haven’t been familiar with an NFL game.
With no – or very few – fans in the stands, which makes sporting events quieter than usual, even with broadcast crowd noise, sound on the pitch is picked up more by microphones near the stadium. pitch than it typically would. Comments from players, coaches and officials who would normally be drowned are therefore broadcast. And they’re not always suitable for prime time.
This is probably what happened here, even though Patterson was close enough to the official that he could have been picked up on his microphone. No word on whether Patterson was asked to wash his mouth with soap by Nickelodeon and CBS executives at halftime.