In 1966, two football leagues competed for the supremacy of Rost: the venerable NFL and the sport's newcomer, the AFL. On June 8, 1966, the two leagues announced that they wanted to band together instead of measuring themselves against players and a shared fan base. This meant that a new championship game had to be designed, which showed the dominant league every year. Today we know him as a Super Bowl – one of the most sophisticated, extravagant events of the year. But on January 15, 1967, when the first AFL NFL World Cup match took place, it was a bit of a disaster, with TV troubles, name dispute, and thousands of empty seats on the first Super Bowl Sunday. To see how the big game almost fell apart, here's eight facts about the first Super Bowl.
At first he was known only as a "Super Bowl".
In 1966, meetings were held for the first championship game between the NFL and the emerging AFL, scheduled for January next year. Apart from location and logistics, the big question for everyone was how to call it. Although Pete Rozelle, then the NFL's representative, suggested names like The Big One and The Pro Bowl (which had the same name as the NFL's own all-star game), they finally decided on the game would be called … the AFL NFL World Cup match.
However, such a name does not generate much enthusiasm and the newly formed league needed something more powerful. Then Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, remembered a toy his children had played with, a super ball that led to his idea: the Super Bowl.
The name found support from fans and media, but Rozelle hated it. It's the word "super" as too informal. At the start of the game, the tickets were "AFL-NFL World Championship Game", but people still called it the Super Bowl. In the fourth year, the league gave up and printed the Super Bowl on the tickets of the game. At Super Bowl V, the Roman numerals debuted and remained there every year except Super Bowl 50 (2016 also the first three championship games were officially renamed Super Bowls.)
2. The game was broadcast on two networks.
Since the first Super Bowl involved two completely different organizations, there was a bit a problem that sent the game. NBC had the rights to broadcast AFL games, while CBS was the long-time rightholder of the NFL product. Neither station was to miss the league championship game, so the first Super Bowl was the only one broadcast on two different networks simultaneously. Competing networks also meant rivals who announced teams: CBS used in the first half its well-known player of play-by-play man Ray Scott, Jack Whitaker in the second half and Frank Gifford, who commented on the entire game in color. Curt Gowdy and Paul Christman were leading the votes for NBC.
It turned out that the competition between the two networks for the superiority of the ratings was as intense as the helmet rattle played in the field. The tensions were so high by Matchday that a fence had to be built between the CBS and NBC production trucks to separate them all. The more well-known NFL broadcast team on CBS won the rating war that day and beat NBC's feed by just over 2 million viewers.
. 3 The game was not nearly sold out.
The cheapest price for a Super Bowl LIII ticket – to be held on February 2, 2019 – is currently between $ 2,500 and $ 3,000, but to be honest, you could probably discount it. People double that and the game would still be a guaranteed sell-off. However, the first Super Bowl did not have the same seal of approval. With an average of about 12 US dollars, the AFL-NFL World Championship Game 1967, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum no longer sell. It is still the only Super Bowl that does not fully fill its venue.
Approximately one-third of the stadium's seats were empty in the 75-kilometer television channels around the Coliseum to bring fans to the stadium instead of watching at home. Some fans rebelled against the steep $ 12 ticket prices, while others were so angry at the blackout that they stayed away in protest. Whatever the reason, the sight of tens of thousands of empty seats for probably the most important game in the history of both leagues was not what Rozelle had thought when the Super Bowl was founded.
. 4 Different balls and other rules were used for the game.
The overall product between AFL and NFL was not so different, but there were some difficulties when the rules were fair for both teams. The AFL's two-point conversion rule, which she used for her entire existence, was eliminated from the game, and instead only the traditional point-to-point goal was allowed. When AFL and NFL merged later, the two-point conversion was completely banished until it was reused in 1994 throughout the country.
The other major change for the game was the ball itself. The AFL used a ball made by Spalding that was slightly longer and narrower and had a stickier surface than the Wilson-created NFL ball. In order for each team to feel at home, the ball of its own league is used whenever it is a criminal offense.
. 5 The impetus in the second half had to be renewed because the camera missed him.
When the second half of the Super Bowl began, everyone was ready to kick off: players, referees and the production crew. Well, a production crew was ready anyway. It turned out that NBC had missed the start of the second half because the network was too busy to interview Bob Hope. The kick-off had to be repeated for nearly half of the television audience; Worse, a poor soul probably had to deliver the message to Packers coach Vince Lombardi.
. 6 The half-time show showed two guys in jetpacks.
Forget about your Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi. The Halftime Show of Super Bowl I was an affront to gravity itself. Two men who can only be called jetpacks (though they were actually called "rocket belts") flew across the field to give people an insight into the future , Ground drive would look like. There are very few videos of the show today, but this performance was later revisited on the Halftime Show for Super Bowl XIX, when jetpacks made their long-awaited return to absurd rust.
In addition to the theatrics in the air, the opening show also included some brass bands and the release of hundreds of pigeons in the air – one of which threw a gift directly onto the typewriter of a young Brent Musburger.
. 7 The original material of the shipment is currently in a legal flaw.
Unlike today, where games are DVR, saved, edited in YouTube clips and kept for ever, there is no complete copy of Super Bowl I's broadcast. In 2005, a man from Wilkes found -Barre, Pennsylvania, a copy of the CBS broadcast in his loft, which had been added by his father on squares of two inches. However, the mid-term review and parts of the third quarter are missing. The footage has been digitally restored and is currently in a vault at the Paley Center for Media in Manhattan. To this day it has not been shown to the public since Troy Haupt, the owner of the band, is in legal limbo with the NFL about the exact value of the material.
. 8 The NFL tried – and failed – to show the 2016 game in any form.
Perhaps as a way to show Haupt that they did not need their tapes, the NFL network released a version of the game that was not cobbled together by CBS or ABC footage, but from a video that was still from that time Young NFL Films Department was edited. After the paging of the game was played, 2016, every piece of the game was broadcast, but not as it was originally seen in 1967. Unfortunately, the game also contained some questionable comments from current NFL Network analysts throughout the show. The retransmission was a disaster that had to resend the NFL Network without the intrusive commentary of its own analysts.