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Apologies from NFL, NBC after M.I.A. flips bird

By David Bauder

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Feb. 6 2012 8:41 a.m. MST

Madonna performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis.

Mark Humphrey, Associated Press

British hip-hop artist M.I.A.'s obscene gesture in the Super Bowl halftime show is prompting apologies from NBC and the NFL. But it isn't immediately registering as a moment that viewers latched on to.

The digital video recorder maker Tivo said Monday that there wasn't an appreciable bump in viewers who played back the moment where M.I.A. extended her middle finger. She was a guest singer during Madonna's performance of "Give Me All Your Luvin'" on Sunday night's show.

Tara Maitra (MAY'-trah) of Tivo said the company would check to see if more people play back the moment on Monday after there was publicity about it. Tivo has 2 million customers in the U.S.

The NFL blamed NBC for being not quick enough to censor the gesture, while NBC noted that the NFL is responsible for the content of the halftime show.

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