It might sound crazy to hear in modern times (where rebroadcasts and OnDemand viewing are a thing of normalcy), but CBS will finally re-air the telecast of the very first Super Bowl game.
Again, I said it would sound crazy. How is it, you might be asking, they have never once replayed the very first broadcast on television, you might ask.
The answer isn’t so clearcut.
Remember this is long before digital records and even really the mainstream use of VHS tapes. Even further complicating matters, the big game between the Packers and Chiefs aired on TWO networks (NBC and CBS) — and tapes of the games were either “lost or recorded over.”
According to CBS Sports, the NFL was able to bridge together a working copy of the game by placing the a radio broadcast over the footage they worked diligently to restore. In a process the NFL Films department has called, “exhaustive,” they were able to find clips for each of the 145 plays of that game. After locating the plays, they then went about restoring, re-mastering, and color correcting the footage.
The footage will get its time to shine this Friday night 8 p.m. ET, 49 years to the day of Super Bowl I. And better yet, producers say the game will have modern flourishes that will make it seem just like you’re watching a regular game today. So get ready for lots of unnecessary banter and tune in folks!