Louisville's Kevin Ware's compound fracture of his right leg in the Elite Eight, bone jutting through the skin, may have been the most horrific sports injury ever shown on national TV. CBS aired the replay twice, spurring discussion about the appropriate way to handle gruesome moments. But in the end, just one single American was offended enough to complain to the FCC.
It turned out that CBS was playing it by the unofficial book. When confronted with scary injuries, networks more often than not have shown two replays, both from wide angles, then cut to an extended commercial break. This is not by any formal agreement, but as NBC's Fred Gaudelli told us, producers making a similar "judgment about what your audience can stomach and what they must see."