This Was Television On January 15

1967: Super Bowl I

The merger agreement between the National Football League and the American Football League (which in 1970 created the modern NFL) also created an annual match between the cream of each league’s respective crop. At the culmination of the 1966–67 season, those were the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, who met at the Los Angeles Coliseum to play the first Super Bowl. 

Since CBS held the broadcast rights for NFL games and NBC held those rights for the AFL, both networks simulcast the game—the only Super Bowl in history to air on two networks in the U.S. The inaugural event was a far cry from its current status as a massive cultural event and regularly the highest-rated TV broadcast of the year. Super Bowl I only sold about two-thirds of its tickets, received a TV blackout in L.A., and subsequently had its footage lost to the standard network practice of reusing video tapes.  -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Goodman Ace, comic scribe (d. 1982); Lloyd Bridges, sea hunter (d. 1998); Eddie Cahill, detective (35); Phyllis Coates, Metropolis reporter (86); Regina King, straight-A student (42); Chad Lowe, HIV patient (45); Andrea Martin, SCTV player (66); Jessy Schram, alien invasion survivor (27); Barbara Tarbuck, character actress (71).

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