What we suspect we’ll be covering with Sunday’s media column:
Fox Sports, based in Los Angeles, premiered in September, 1994, its first year of covering the NFL, taking over the rights to the NFC package.
Three months later, the Rams played their final game in Los Angeles (actually, it was, of course in Anaheim … the Raiders also played their final game in L.A. on that same date — Dec. 24 — at the Coliseum).
The Rams decided to go to St. Louis, star-struck by the 18th largest media market in America at the time, to begin the 1995 season.
And how did that all go? We weren’t much paying attention.
Fox, which still has the NFC rights, and the Rams, still in the NFC West, have reunion tour plans in the works, according to things that happened this week.
We’ll see how much anyone will say about the ramifications of this rambunctious endeavor as it relates to the TV and radio world, and who might be positioning themselves for new work.
What’s worth putting out there now:
== It’s only taken 49 years before we are finally able to see some complete semblance of the first Super Bowl (then called the World Championship Game between the AFL and NFL) played at the Coliseum, so embrace this version spliced together by NFL Films footage of all 145 plays (which only last about 40 minutes) that will air on the NFL Network on Friday at 8 p.m.
“Super Bowl I: The Lost Game” is a three-hour program that includes a pregame, halftime and postgame surrounding the Green Bay Packers’ 35-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and this version will include modern broadcast coverage and graphics, according to the league.
Audio from the NBC Sports radio broadcast featuring Jim Simpson and George Ratterman was layered on top of the footage to complete the broadcast. (Simpson, it should be noted, died Wednesday at age 88. The ESPN tribute to him, the first play-by-play voice on its air, is quite thorough).
The airing Friday is intentional: It’s 49 years after the Jan. 15, 1967 contest.
As Richard Sandomir wrote in the New York Times, this is not from the original broadcaster that either CBS or NBC had in its possession — the two networks each did the game, but their copies of it have been recorded over. An almost-complete CBS videotape of the game was uncovered in 2005 by the son of a man who taped it at a TV station in Pennsylvania, but the NFL has resisted purchasing it while claiming to have the rights to it.
Sandomir also notes that a copy of the original reels were donated to the Paley Center for Media in New York, and it has been restored, but it is not available for viewing.
There were only two ground cameras and one sound camera included in the allotment of equipment by the NFL Films crew for the 1967 game. NFL Films, in just its second year of existence then, had John Butterworth, Joe Fain, Morris Kellman, Stan Kirby, Stanley Leshner, Dave Marx, Skip and Ken Nelson, Walt and Jim Porep and Art Spieller on its crew.