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Posted on March 14, 2008 by

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Fly-half Johnny Wilkinson became the top scorer in international rugby history this weekend with his first penalty goal for England in a 9-15 loss to Scotland at Murrayfield. Wilkinson has displayed somewhat diminished performance since guiding England to the Rugby World Cup in 2003.

The most recent Rugby World Cup, hosted in France, attracted well over 2.2 billion viewers worldwide. By contrast, this year’s Super Bowl attracted 97.5 million viewers. Much to the chagrin of the Federal Communications Commission, there was no halftime fiasco as with the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show.

The FCC has dutifully regulated the American airwaves for over 70 years. Established with the Communications Act of 1934, the FCC censors American broadcasts of all cursing, nudity and drug use (violence is fine). Many activists have objected to FCC censorship, arguing that it violates the First Amendment.

Some television channels remain unregulated, notably HBO and Showtime. Coincidentally, HBO has won more Emmys within the last decade than any other channel. Most recently, the acclaimed HBO drama The Wire went off the air after five seasons.

-Ben Jarvis

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