Definitely a Recession

From the Kansas City Star: Super Bowl ads are a tough sell as recession squeezes buyers
A week before Super Bowl XLIII, NBC is still in “active negotiations” to sell its last few commercial spots.

That’s why some advertising wags are calling Super Bowl 2009 the Economy Bowl.
This might be the best indication of being in a recession I've ever seen. The biggest advertising day of the year, and companies are scared to buy space.

Come on, it's the Super Bowl, for pete's sakes - buy some ad space, show us you're confident, show us you want our business.