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Say it ain't so! Will recession affect Super Bowl ads?

Originally Published: December 4, 2008
By Gare Joyce | Special to ESPN.com

In hard times, good news can make you stop and look. That's how it was last week when the NFL announced a new corporate partner and NBC announced a purchase of commercial spots for its Super Bowl broadcast in February.

There they were, sticking out from under the confirmation that we're in a recession: the statistics showing that the number of lost jobs this year could top 1.5 million and the rest of the avalanche of dreadful economic stories.

Are they signs of economic life? ...

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