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lamberts-lost-tooth
01-29-2007, 06:18 PM
Was just looking at the history of the "big game" and came across this bit of amazing information...thought I would share.

Given the immense popularity of the Super Bowl, it may be surprising to discover that videotapes of the telecasts of the first two Super Bowls are said not to exist. This is especially shocking for Super Bowl I, which was covered by both NBC and CBS. According to Sports Illustrated, the only footage of the first telecast known to exist is a two minute clip of the first game. From the early days of television into the 1960s, copies of TV broadcasts were routinely erased, mainly because nobody thought anyone would want to watch the same show they had just seen. Another reason was that videotape in those days was prohibitively expensive. (Merv Griffin once said that a ninety-minute blank tape cost $750. ) According to Steve Sabol, both networks taped soap operas over the game tapes, which are presumably lost forever. But the NFL has put out a $1,000,000 bounty on either one of the tapes, and experts say that there is still a chance that one of the network affiliates taped the game off the live feed and saved it. According to NFL Films...these are the ultimate Lost Treasures.

sumo
01-29-2007, 08:15 PM
I was just watching the footage of Max McGee's TD reception in SB I - and as he ran into the end zone - you could see all the empty seats in the coliseum - unbelievable - at least 15,000 -20,000 empty seats for the SB! - I agree - it will be a huge loss if these tapes are lost - I'm sure the Packers and Chiefs have their game films, but those probably look like black and white silent movies...

fansince'76
01-29-2007, 08:39 PM
I was just watching the footage of Max McGee's TD reception in SB I - and as he ran into the end zone - you could see all the empty seats in the coliseum - unbelievable - at least 15,000 -20,000 empty seats for the SB! - I agree - it will be a huge loss if these tapes are lost - I'm sure the Packers and Chiefs have their game films, but those probably look like black and white silent movies...

SB FUN FACT: It wasn't even called the Super Bowl officially until the year prior to the AFL/NFL merger in 1970 (even though Lamar Hunt first coined the phrase "Super Bowl" in 1966) - up until Super Bowl IV, it was called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game.