The frustrating and bizarre saga of the Super Bowl I tapes continues. The man who owns a pair of 2-inch quadruplex videotapes containing the only known recording of the famous game has finally come forward. The New York Times today published an article by Richard Sandomir that reveals more details about the tapes including the identity of the owner. His name is Troy Haupt and his father Martin recorded most of the CBS broadcast of Super Bowl I back in January 1967. It wasn’t until 2005 that a friend of Haupt’s suggested the tapes might be very rare and potentially valuable.
I wrote about the recovery of these tapes several years ago. At that time, the identity of the owner of the tapes was unknown but we did know that he and the NFL had seemingly come to an impasse. The owner wanted more money than the NFL was willing to pay for the tapes. Confusingly, Haupt “owns” the physical tapes but the NFL holds the copyright to the content. The NFL has threatened to pursue legal action if Haupt attempts to sell the tapes to anyone else.
Although The Paley Center for Media has a digitized, restored copy of the broadcast, it can’t do anything with it. According to a February 2015 CNN Money article, the Paley Center believes it needs both Haupt’s permission and the NFL’s permission just to allow anybody to watch the footage.