Super Bowl XLV concluded the most-watched season in NFL history, and it did so in a big way in the form of more record TV ratings.
In Monday morning's media conference, commissioner Roger Goodell said that preliminary overnight numbers say that Sunday's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show ever.
Goodell also discussed Sunday's temporary seating debacle. The result was 400 ticket holders for Super Bowl XLV were unable to watch the game live, having to watch on TV.
"We had an issue with several seats for our fans. It's something that we have been taking very seriously, working at it. We apologize to those fans that were impacted by this. We are going to work with them and we are going to do better in the future," he said.
Goodell went on to say that those 400 fans will attend Super Bowl XLVI as "guests of the NFL."
The Packers beat the Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.
The way we see it
Another example of skyrocketing TV ratings shows yet again what the impact of a looming lockout will have on fans. With the season now over, reality will set in that there is no certainty of football in 2011, and no way of knowing when the new season will begin.
The seating situation was a lapse by the NFL that Goodell took responsibility for, and he did the right thing by guaranteeing seats for those fans for next year's game. But in a week engulfed by complaints about Dallas as a host city, this is yet another thing going against Jerry Jones' ability to host the game again anytime soon.