The Tape

Directed by
Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coon
Produced by
Tim Skousen and Jeremy Coon
Edited by
Matt Prekop

Troy Haupt is a 47-year old nurse anesthetist in the Outer Banks and he has a secret to share: He owns the only known recording of the Super Bowl I broadcast from 1967 where the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. CBS and NBC, which both simultaneously televised the game, did not preserve any copies nor did the NFL. It is reported the networks taped over the game with soap operas.

The ancient quadraplex tapes of the first broadcast that launched the Super Bowl as an enormous spectacle that still attracts more that 100 million viewers annually, however, might never be seen by anyone. Despite Sports Illustrated ranking a recording of Super Bowl I as one of the top 25 “lost sports treasures of all time” and valuing it as $1 million, the NFL doesn’t want to buy the tapes and has warned Haupt not to sell or distribute it in any manner or the league will pursue legal action.

Hear the crazy story about how the tape came to be Haupt’s, the legal complications from expert opinions, and what is it going to take to finally have this piece of modern American history available for the public to see for the first time in over 50 years.