Halftime during the prime-time Sunday night football game is usually reserved for recapping the day around the NFL. It is commonly non-partisan and designed to give fans an updates and analysis on football games. However, during halftime of game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, broadcaster Bob Costas used his segment to advocate for gun control as part of his reporting on the murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Violent crimes make the news. Stories of criminal activity in Philadelphia have seemingly become a nightly occurrence on evening newscasts. Gun and drug crimes have been on the rise throughout the summer. According to Mayor Michael Nutter, murders are up 15 percent compared to 2010 and 2011 murder rates at this time.