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NFL won’t pay man who has most of Super Bowl I on tape

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No full recording of the original broadcast of Super Bowl I exists because in the 1960s networks rarely saved their tapes. But one man owns what is believed to be the closest thing to a full recording, tapes his late father made of most of the game, minus commercials, some plays that came right after commercial breaks, halftime and some of the third quarter.

That man, Troy Haupt, asked the NFL for $1 million for his dad’s old tapes. The NFL replied that it would give him $30,000. When Haupt spurned that offer, the NFL stopped talking to Haupt entirely, other than to warn him that if he sells the tapes to a third party, he’ll be violating the league’s copyright and the NFL will go after him.

So now, as reported by the New York Times, Haupt is stuck with tapes that have a lot of value in theory, but none in practice: When you own something that can only be legally sold to one company, and that company is refusing to buy it, you don’t have any good options.

Haupt thought he found a good option when he and CBS agreed to a deal that would see Haupt getting $25,000 and CBS getting a portion of the tape to show during its Super Bowl 50 programming. Unfortunately for Haupt, that deal didn’t come to fruition, apparently because the NFL reminded CBS that it needs the NFL’s permission to re-air any portion of Super Bowl I — and the NFL isn’t granting that permission to anyone who buys Haupt’s tape.

“It’s awesome to have the tapes, but it’s frustrating that we can’t do anything with them,” Haupt told the New York Times. “It’s like you’ve won the golden ticket but you can’t get into the chocolate factory.”

NFL Network recently cobbled together its own version of Super Bowl I, which included every play of the game but not all of the broadcast, and not much of the pageantry that surrounds the game. If the NFL ever buys Haupt’s tapes, it could use that footage to put together a better re-broadcast of the first Super Bowl.

But it appears that the NFL has little interest in such a deal, and so we’re not going to see any more of Super Bowl I than we’ve already seen. At least until either the NFL or Haupt blinks.

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118 Responses to “NFL won’t pay man who has most of Super Bowl I on tape”
  1. gojags says: Feb 2, 2016 9:29 AM

    The nfl should pay the man for hanging on to the tap. Afterall this guy is asking for ~1/50th of the pay the commissioner is making. Sounds a fair offer to me.

  2. fartsmella says: Feb 2, 2016 9:29 AM

    Pay the man 1 million. If you can throw 5+ million out the window on chasing the deflategate story you can drop 1 million on preserving the history. #goodellmustgo

  3. antikytheraeagles says: Feb 2, 2016 9:33 AM

    Just for perspective, that is all 31 of the NFL owners willing to put up less than $1k each for something that could be one of the most valuable pieces of its own history.

    They would make $30k off of less than one commercial block while it aired.

  4. cross300 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:34 AM

    The NFL is a notorious bully that burns through cash with nothing to show for it routinely. At least offer 100k. It’s like trying to do business with the mob.

  5. rbalawal55 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:34 AM

    Why is the NFL so cheap?

  6. highfaluentinflatuency says: Feb 2, 2016 9:34 AM

    NFL is getting about ~$1Million in bad PR today. Why not settle with him and have a feel good story to go around it? Dopes.

  7. cs-lewis says: Feb 2, 2016 9:35 AM

    walk down to the league office, and burn the tapes in their lobby. I am getting really sick of how greedy the NFL is

  8. getyourownname says: Feb 2, 2016 9:35 AM

    I’ll bet that somewhere there’s anothet recording owned by a widow who isn’t aware what she has that hasn’t yet surfaced.

  9. godofwine330 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:37 AM

    Deion Sanders says, “Pay The Man.” Pay the man, for real.

  10. themage78 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:37 AM

    Cmon. Of course this guy deserves $1 Million. The NFL will make millions more when they release everything together.

  11. mack2x says: Feb 2, 2016 9:37 AM

    Typical NFL

  12. zod999 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:38 AM

    Goodell could screw up a wet dream.

  13. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Feb 2, 2016 9:38 AM

    Ppl resell jerseys all the time..ppl sell movies at flea markets alll the time.30k is a low ball offer for something that unique and valuable to the nfl…they are REALLY being D’s about it, talking about “going after him” but im sooo not surprised

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:38 AM

    The raw greed of the league and owners is so far beyond disgusting at this point it makes me want to vomit and is fast driving me away from the game.

    Not only do they have the vast revenues from the league itself, but now more billions coming from the DFS gambling sites they have shadow ownership of.

    Yet they won’t pay this guy but what is effectively a tiny sum, want taxpayers to buy billionaires 5-6-7 times over free billion dollar buildings.

    The league can go screw itself.

  15. bleedgreen says: Feb 2, 2016 9:39 AM

    Get a few copies made, and then video yourself burning them to mail to the NFL. See if they change their tune.

  16. rufustfireflyjr says: Feb 2, 2016 9:40 AM

    I know our tendency is to side with the little guy here, but looking at it from the league’s point of view, why should they pay Haupt anywhere near what he is asking for? It’s not like he can sell the tape to anyone else. He has absolutely no leverage here. if the NFL makes that offer again, if I’m Haupt, I’m taking it.

  17. sambaughslingers says: Feb 2, 2016 9:40 AM

    rbalawal55 says:
    Feb 2, 2016 9:34 AM
    Why is the NFL so cheap?

    ________________________________

    Because they would probably hire Ted Wells to investigate the tapes ahead of time to make sure the tapes are worth spending $1 Million on.

    Several months later, the NFL will have paid Wells something north of $5 Million for this Wells Report Vol. 3 and he will inform the league that they could settle by paying the $30,000

  18. johnnybuc says: Feb 2, 2016 9:41 AM

    Why does this surprise anyone?
    Goodell and his crew of crooks have got to go!
    The NFL seems to becoming more pathetic by the day….I’m just waiting for the day we can read the interview Goodell gives from his prison cell trying to justify his personal ruination of the greatest team sport on the planet.

  19. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:42 AM

    ……I would sell the tapes to one of the owners….like maybe Robert Kraft…..then he can dangle it front of Goodell…..

  20. citizenstrange says: Feb 2, 2016 9:43 AM

    “It’s what the fans want.” — Roger Goodell

  21. patriottony says: Feb 2, 2016 9:43 AM

    THE FREAKING NFL is spending 12 million on the halftime show ALONE!!!! Are you kidding me?

  22. Ferdinand says: Feb 2, 2016 9:46 AM

    Shortsighted greed by the NFL. They will likely have to do some work on the tape to preserve it, beyond making a digital copy but imagine the money they will make back and without much effort.

    They would make a fortune selling sponsorships for a better rebroadcast? And then there are DVD sales of the game itself and a variety of “retrospective” packages. And then there would be ‘throwback’ marketing. . . .

  23. dubzito says: Feb 2, 2016 9:49 AM

    disgusting… this story has made my blood boil for 5 years since they reported it the week of XLV. im glad the guy identified himself. i joked with my wife a few weeks ago if i won power ball id pay the guy $2 million for the tin cases that the tape were in if he threw in the reels. I think that’d get us around the legal stuff. Then i’d leak the thing to youtube for everyone like me that has been dying to see it.

    your move NFL, think about your fans for a change…

  24. laces out says: Feb 2, 2016 9:49 AM

    “$1 million? Best I can do is $30K”
    this sound like an episode of Pawn Stars.

  25. dolphindad says: Feb 2, 2016 9:52 AM

    Ok. I’ll be devil’s advocate here. the guy’s dad put a tape in a VCR one day, or whatever they used back then, and pushed record. now this guy wants a million bucks for that? $30k for nothing is not a bad windfall for anyone. not like this guy did anything to earn the money. he didn’t even film the game himself, he just recorded what was on tv. take the 30k.

  26. jimthebuilder27 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:54 AM

    NFL looks very cheap and short sighted with such a move. Yet another story of a big corporation screwing over the little guy!

  27. jojopuppyfish says: Feb 2, 2016 9:55 AM

    Before the tape surfaced Sports Illustrated said it would be worth 1 million if someone had a tape of Super Bowl I.
    This guy’s father had a VHS like recording deviced and taped the game.
    The guy thinks the NFL is lowballing him.

  28. blue18hutthutt says: Feb 2, 2016 9:55 AM

    Burn the tape (or threaten to)

    F the NFL

    $1 million is chump change to them for something that’ll likely make them hundreds of millions for it’s historic value

  29. honkeyt says: Feb 2, 2016 9:56 AM

    The NFL will open their legs to anyone and then claim tradition and safety is their #1 priority. Throw a regular Joe a bone you greedy SOBs.

  30. cliffclavin2015 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:00 AM

    To tell me owners of KC or GB wouldn’t pony up a better offer for their own private collection? And then work a deal either NFL down the road? He can sell it, but whoever buys it can’t rebroadcast it.

  31. aa1829 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:00 AM

    I am an old guy without much to lose, but I would liquidate my assets, secure them, then sell the tape and tell the NFL come an get me. Or perhaps, broadcast the tape from another country that hates the USA.

  32. mrone50 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:03 AM

    No don’t sell the tapes. Godell will just have them destroyed.

  33. katientony says: Feb 2, 2016 10:10 AM

    dolphindad says:
    Feb 2, 2016 9:52 AM
    Ok. I’ll be devil’s advocate here. the guy’s dad put a tape in a VCR one day, or whatever they used back then, and pushed record. now this guy wants a million bucks for that? $30k for nothing is not a bad windfall for anyone. not like this guy did anything to earn the money. he didn’t even film the game himself, he just recorded what was on tv. take the 30k.
    =========================================

    But then why should the NFL make millions off of something they couldnt even bother to ensure it was being recorded at the time? I like Mr Florio to comment on this, legally speaking. I mean, I get the guy cant sell it to someone who is going to rebroadcast it (they would need NFL permission for that). But he should be able to sell it to some collector. They dont own the tapes themselves–they own the broadcast rights! Sell it to a collector with money who has time to wait out the NFL.

    Or…give them an ultimatum and destroy the tapes once time has expired.

  34. tcostant says: Feb 2, 2016 10:14 AM

    the NFL is waiting for this guy to die so one of his kids sell it. This is what the guy should do, hold a press conference and tell them that he putting the NFL on notice to come with a real offer (close to $1M); he will give them 3 months. If they don’t, invite the press back as you burn the tape in front of them. You need to put the fear in the NFL that they won’t. some how end up with the tape in the future. Apply presure.

  35. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 2, 2016 10:18 AM

    Haupt should just tell the NFL that if they don’t meet his price, he’ll have no other choice but to destroy them.

    Two can play this game.

  36. johnstofa says: Feb 2, 2016 10:21 AM

    Arrogance always goes before the fall. We’re watching the first bits of mortar falling out from between the bricks…

  37. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Feb 2, 2016 10:25 AM

    for the two ppl saying he didn’t do anything to deserve his asking price simply bc his dad just stuck a tape in and hit record… where is all the thousands of ppl that could have done the same thing’s tapes? oh that’s right, hes the ONLY one that has the film…making it more valuable, don’t roll over just because they made an offer

  38. braddavery says: Feb 2, 2016 10:25 AM

    I would offer them a “Give me a million dollars or I burn it on live TV” ultimatum. Screw the NFL and their never-ending campaign of corporate greed. Someone would pay him $100,000 just to burn it in live TV to spit the NFL. Shoot, maybe a crowd-fund could pay him more then the NFl offered. Let’s do this!

  39. 2since96 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:26 AM

    If I was this guy I would videotape me burning the Superbowl one tapes, and then send the video the NFL.

    What did Mark from Cuba say? Pigs get fat, Hogs get slaughtered? The NFL continues to look hoggy…

  40. pourman says: Feb 2, 2016 10:28 AM

    They would spent $10 million without hesitation on lawyers to sue the guy.

  41. marypurn says: Feb 2, 2016 10:29 AM

    Is this the first time we all agree in the comments section?

    Football is family❤

  42. zod999 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:29 AM

    Just because the NFL says he can’t sell to another party doesn’t make it so. I wonder if the NFL can even find the contracts they signed with CBS and NBC for this broadcast.

  43. steelerben says: Feb 2, 2016 10:30 AM

    Everyone saying to burn the tapes: that’s a grand gesture and all, but how does it put him any closer to getting compensated for it? All it does is destroy a piece of the history of the league.

    Selling the tapes to an entertainment company that has the resources and ability to clean up and reformat the tapes into a viable broadcast would be the best way to go. The company gives a reasonable amount, call it $500k. That company can then negotiate with the NFL, and actually have leg to stand on in negotiations. Sell the thing to the NFL for a share of the advertising, let the NFL sell DVD and Blu Rays of the first Super Bowl, and everyone ends up making money.

  44. joker65 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:31 AM

    Wow. The league is basically low balling the guy and then on top of it, bullying him. “Yeah, we’ll give under market value and don’t sell it to anyone or we’ll sue you.” Nice

  45. tedmurph says: Feb 2, 2016 10:31 AM

    Put it on youtube. Just to stick it to them. Multi billion dollar operation doesn’t want to pay fair value for a rare piece of their own history. 30k, what a joke.

  46. superpatriotsfan says: Feb 2, 2016 10:36 AM

    Does he have the spygate tapes?

  47. catquick says: Feb 2, 2016 10:40 AM

    For something that rare, the NFL should pay him a million. They spend more than 30K on napkins for league meetings. Holding on to something for 50 years should yield a payday. Maybe it is time the league started paying taxes. If I were him, I’d burn them before I’d let them do me like that. Or, or, leave them in my car so they get “lost” and someone puts them on the internet so the league doesn’t make a dime.

  48. gb15class says: Feb 2, 2016 10:41 AM

    Just horrible greed on the part of the NFL. 50 years of history. Meet in the middle; pay the man $500K.

    Just keep up this unnecessary bullying and watch all the aging Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers die off in the next few years, rather than get a proper re-broadcast of Super Bowl I that those players and their loved ones can enjoy watching.

    Another example of how the NFL doesn’t care about it’s former players unless they are still generating current revenue.

    Classless. Indefensible. Blatant greed.

  49. digitalsasquatch says: Feb 2, 2016 10:42 AM

    They coulda saved $1M by NOT paying the idiots to be in the studio yakking over the top of their first rebroadcast.

  50. jojopuppyfish says: Feb 2, 2016 10:42 AM

    This hurts the NFL more than anyone
    As people in this thread pointed out. Once they buy it for 1 million, they can have a special event and charge enough to cover the costs to broadcast…let alone blu ray sales.
    NFL is short sighted and stupid

  51. skol77 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:42 AM

    Multi billion dollar company. A joke

    SKOL

  52. steelbreeze676 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:43 AM

    NFL owners, remember thus when you wonder what the ROI is on their campaign donations.

  53. mogogo1 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:45 AM

    Another smooth PR move by Roger Goodell’s team. Rather than make a one-time payment that nobody would ever question, they play hardball, look like bullies, and still don’t get the tape.

  54. gnarlesbarkley says: Feb 2, 2016 10:52 AM

    Take the $30K, along with the NFL donating $30K for each of the 32 teams to the Retired Players Association, tickets to any NFL game for life, and finally, Roger’s resignation.

  55. Moudabo says: Feb 2, 2016 10:53 AM

    Such shameful behavior by the NFL.
    Rather than celebrating the fact that such tapes
    still exist, they are trying to strong arm Haupt
    to hand them over for what amounts to peanuts.

    The NFL should gladly pay up for a treasure
    that was thought lost forever. Small price to pay
    to cover up for their lack of diligence and foresight
    for not keeping copies of the original broadcast.

    Unfortunately, the guys running the NFL today
    are once again, embarrassing themselves and
    giving a black eye to the game we all love –

    What the heck is wrong with these guys?

  56. catfish252 says: Feb 2, 2016 10:56 AM

    Obviously it is worth much more than $30K, so if the NFL wants to be a$$holes like that — I would destroy it. How do you like it now NFL?

  57. bigbenh8tr says: Feb 2, 2016 10:59 AM

    Someone was smarter than the NFL and they know paying the man will admit their past mistakes

  58. weepingjebus says: Feb 2, 2016 11:01 AM

    I’m not so sure the NFL would have a copyright. And copyrights expire. He should talk to a lawyer.

  59. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:02 AM

    I’d sell it to a football die-hard with deep pockets and make him sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Within the language of the NDA would be a very important bullet stating, “if the buyer is to inform any third-party of this agreement, the buyer would be held liable to finance any legal fees brought forth.”

  60. lambeauheap says: Feb 2, 2016 11:03 AM

    Man do I hate the NFL Front Office. Like, I can see not giving the guy his full asking price just for the sake of a good bargain struck, but 30k measly bones?

    Cmon man, that’s just pathetic. This item is a rare piece of NFL history and a family heirloom for the guy who’s late father clearly went out of his way to create. And they insultingly low ball him. SMH

  61. marthisdil says: Feb 2, 2016 11:07 AM

    highfaluentinflatuency says:
    Feb 2, 2016 9:34 AM

    NFL is getting about ~$1Million in bad PR today. Why not settle with him and have a feel good story to go around it? Dopes.
    ==============================

    No they aren’t. Are YOU going to stop watching the NFL? If so, your viewership is worth what, nearly $0 in revenue from buying anything really…So many millions of people would have to up and quit watching the NFL to equal the $1 mill you say they lose in PR…

    The guy should have taken the $30k and been grateful.

  62. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:07 AM

    And my dilemma continues:

    How long can I continue to support a game I love run by an administration I hate?

  63. marthisdil says: Feb 2, 2016 11:08 AM

    “catfish252 says:
    Feb 2, 2016 10:56 AM

    Obviously it is worth much more than $30K, so if the NFL wants to be a$$holes like that — I would destroy it. How do you like it now NFL?”

    =====================

    “Doesn’t bother us since we didn’t have it in the first place”

  64. rcali says: Feb 2, 2016 11:22 AM

    Come on NFL, just fine a few players for their socks and pay this guy off.

  65. mediasloppy says: Feb 2, 2016 11:27 AM

    What? A multi-billion dollar Corporation screwing over the common man in America? Say it isn’t so…

  66. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:27 AM

    weepingjebus says:
    Feb 2, 2016 11:01 AM

    I’m not so sure the NFL would have a copyright. And copyrights expire. He should talk to a lawyer.
    ——-

    ^^^^^ This.

    Just because the NFL threatens to sue, doesn’t mean they would win.

  67. pete2112 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:29 AM

    Screw you NFL! You’ll continue spending all that money on a Pro Bowl that no one cares about or watches and yet you won’t give this guy a fair value for something that should mean much more to you than 30 thousand bucks. # NFL cheapskates

  68. ravensroostoftexas says: Feb 2, 2016 11:32 AM

    Getting bullied by the NFL, there’s a shocker. He is asking for peanuts. Pay the man & preserve a major piece of your history & stop being so greedy dammit. You’ll make 10x what he is asking in advertising alone. Pathetic.

  69. spook1320 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:35 AM

    Make a royalty deal, NFL.

    Based on every airing, Haupt gets some percentage of advertising revenue. Value of the tapes is tied empirically to actual money that comes in as a result of its broadcast. For use of clips, base the percentage on the number of seconds of tape.

    Win-win.

  70. abninf says: Feb 2, 2016 11:48 AM

    I would burn a bunch of copies then go sell them on the street in Times Square.

  71. hawks52 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:48 AM

    I seriously wonder how much a network would pay him so they can broadcast him burning the tapes? Not any of the league puppet networks, but a cable channel?

    Obviously a LOT more than $30K. Let’s say it’s $250K.

    I would take that and do it . Of course I’d have to sign a legal document saying I have no other copies. But I’d love to see the league (Goodell) have to respond. “Well, we really only thought they were worth $30K, or about the value of one fifth of a second of commercial time for this year’s Super Bowl.

    Seriously, I’d give at least $20 on a crowd fund sight to make this happen. MAybe as much as $100. Fans are always looking for a meaningful way to send a message to the league – here it is!

  72. steelyres211 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:58 AM

    Mark Cuban should pay the guy a million dollars to burn the tapes.

  73. nicofthenorthstar says: Feb 2, 2016 11:59 AM

    Can’t they just take a minuscule chunk of the billions of tax dollars that have been siphoned into NFL coffers and pay the dude?

  74. jon11x says: Feb 2, 2016 12:25 PM

    I love professional football and I’m a capitalist, but its clear that the NFL does not care how much bad PR they get. Its amazing that they don’t really see that their whole business model depends on give and take between the product they sell and the customers (fans) who buy it — but then again they actually must but realize the normal rules dont apply to them.

    Usually, the mantra in the USA is “the customer is always right”. However, when you can get a product that so many people “have to have” and you can get an anti-trust exemption to allow you to be a monopoly, then you can be a bully and completely tone deaf.

    The NFL won’t buy they tapes because now they don’t think they have any value, yet this guy cant do anything with them because the NFL somehow would be damaged by their private sell??? perhaps the NFL by now refusing to pay anything for the tapes (according to the NY Times story) has abandoned their property. And of course the NFL would spend way more than $1 million in legal fees to go after this guy.

    The only alternative is for the guy to give them to the NFL free and then a gofund me is set up for him for some “reason” other than $$ for the Super Bowl 1 tapes — Maybe something like: Please donate to this guy. He is a nice guy, but a victim of bullying. Help him out instead of buying a jersey this year.

    Of course, we all are guilty of enabling the NFL to act the way they do.

  75. yooperman says: Feb 2, 2016 12:26 PM

    How was this recorded? VHS was invented until 1976, so he didn’t just pop a tape in. Was it done with a movie camera and a tape recorder?

  76. joenash72 says: Feb 2, 2016 12:33 PM

    Burn ’em😉

  77. duffelbagsports says: Feb 2, 2016 12:36 PM

    Ebay

  78. dirtmcgirt24 says: Feb 2, 2016 12:45 PM

    I wonder if tapes contain the now standard message “Any rebroadcast or retransmission of this telecast without the express written consent of the NFL (and AFL) is prohibited.” If not, can a lawyer (Florio) explain what ground the NFL has to stand on?

  79. rootpain says: Feb 2, 2016 12:48 PM

    It’s what happened that makes it so disgusting. The NFL destroys their copy not realizing that’s a mistake. They regret it.
    Years after, it surfaces that a viable alternative exists. A round number is thrown out there as to what it’s worth, $1,000,000. Originally it wasn’t based on anything, it was just a swag. It was just thrown out there. Haupt jumps on the number and says yeah, I want $1,000,000.
    Some Marketing Analytics guy runs some numbers and says, no problem, we can recover that and all other salvage and repair costs in one airing. Seems like a win-win deal is about to get done.
    Not so fast…. Goodell the Narcissist gets wind of it. His immediate reaction is something like “over my dead body.” That dooms the deal completely. His marketing guys and legal guys all try to tell him that it’s a great deal. But his pin head brain says, “the old man bought a blank DVD for $4.50, that’s our offer, end of story.” I have no idea how they managed to get Goodell to agree to the $30k.
    And that’s where it sits. Goodell won’t budge. The man is a pig (lest there be any question here, I am referring to Goodell). He single handedly epitomizes everything that is wrong with the NFL administration. Sadly, I have really come to feel the physical disgust of the expression “I just threw up in my mouth” whenever I hear his name.
    Boy Roger, your father must be so proud of you…. NOT.

  80. captainwhodat says: Feb 2, 2016 1:11 PM

    Mark Cuban was right…NFL = no future league under Goodell…

  81. xx4zu1 says: Feb 2, 2016 1:11 PM

    It was just reported that the league is getting 45 million per Thursday night game, they could have at least offered the man 450k for protecting league history all these years, what’s 1% of one day.

  82. herrmannator1810 says: Feb 2, 2016 1:28 PM

    Broadcast Copyrights expire after 70 years from original broadcast/publication. I would have to research “live television copyright laws from 1965” to find loophole, but the lawyers NFL has on retainer would tie it up for a 20 years anyway. Save/Restore video and sell it to high bidder for the 70th or 75th SuperBowl. NFL may change tune if you threaten long game. If NFL exists in 20 years, they lose all leverage.

  83. cs-lewis says: Feb 2, 2016 1:28 PM

    this guy should respond with a rebuttal of 10mm. Each time these morons play dumb the price goes up.

  84. southpaw79 says: Feb 2, 2016 1:36 PM

    NFL Network should just hire this guy for a 1 year contract worth 970,000.00. He then sells the tapes to the NFL for 30K. He gets his 1 million, NFL can say they bought the tapes for 30K and the history is preserved.

    Done.

  85. stlouisfan says: Feb 2, 2016 2:21 PM

    The guy should call a network not associated with the NFL. See if they would be interested.

  86. td40 says: Feb 2, 2016 3:06 PM

    He should bury it underground somewhere where no one will ever find it… That way, if he dies, no one gets it. No one can sell it to the NFL after he’s gone.

    Na-nanny boo boo, stick your head in doo doo.

  87. bigtooc says: Feb 2, 2016 3:15 PM

    This screams for mediation…

  88. bigtooc says: Feb 2, 2016 3:31 PM

    southpaw79 says:
    Feb 2, 2016 1:36 PM
    NFL Network should just hire this guy for a 1 year contract worth 970,000.00. He then sells the tapes to the NFL for 30K. He gets his 1 million, NFL can say they bought the tapes for 30K and the history is preserved.

    Done.
    ————————

    NFL owns NFL Network

  89. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Feb 2, 2016 3:34 PM

    yooperman says:
    Feb 2, 2016 12:26 PM

    How was this recorded? VHS was invented until 1976, so he didn’t just pop a tape in. Was it done with a movie camera and a tape recorder?

    ______________

    I think you must be right. There were a few options, the The Sony CVC-2000 had come out in 1965 with 1/2 inch tape. Otherwise the old standyb 8mm, or possibly Super8 which came out in 65.

  90. southpaw79 says: Feb 2, 2016 4:08 PM

    bigtooc says:
    Feb 2, 2016 3:31 PM

    NFL owns NFL Network

    _____________________

    Yup, the money all comes from the same source. It is just a way of saving face for the NFL since no one has to discuss his position or salary, just a quick little headline that the NFL has acquired the film for 30K. Haupt still gets his full asking price though.

  91. sidneyz says: Feb 2, 2016 4:15 PM

    The greed runs deep in the NFL. The league and its owners are fat disgusting gluttonous hogs. I love NFL football but I hate what has happened to the league. The bottom line with today’s NFL is the ol’ mighty dollar. The old school NFL would have compensated this gentleman and made him a hero for preserving part of NFL history. Most of the owners are scandalous, unethical criminals. You don’t become a multi millionaire/billionaire without crushing and ripping off good people in your path. And the worst thing is, there’s not a damn thing anyone can do about it.

  92. johnnyblood24 says: Feb 2, 2016 4:18 PM

    Look at all those empty seats!

  93. parrryan says: Feb 2, 2016 6:20 PM

    OK…so I can’t think of a way to REALLLLLLY mess with the league right now, but I REALLLLLY hope someone does that is smarter than me.

  94. parrryan says: Feb 2, 2016 6:24 PM

    I would really like someone to get creative here with the most messed up way to screw the NFL here – out of money, current and potential fans, etc. We need a Hollywood writer in on this. Some Jason Bourne type thing or a James Bond or best yet, an Ocean’s 14! Someone get on that script! It would be gold!

  95. macjacmccoy says: Feb 2, 2016 6:40 PM

    Stop why should they be obligated to pay the guy so much. Museums don’t pay that much for actual parts of real history. Most of the time they won’t pay anything. They will ask you to donate. This guy is being greedy 30k is a lot for a 40 year old tape. The fact that he has that much on the table and says he can’t do anything with the tape shows he’s got plenty of money.

    Just bc the owners have money doesn’t mean they should have to pay more then things are worth.

  96. macjacmccoy says: Feb 2, 2016 6:42 PM

    Wow you all sound like a bunch of Bernie supporting Socialists. Rich people have money, rich people you should have to give not so rich people there money.

  97. chriskap11 says: Feb 2, 2016 7:08 PM

    Money hungry NFL screwing the small guys, $1,000,000 won’t break any banks. What a joke.

  98. sevensixtwonato says: Feb 2, 2016 11:00 PM

    Some entity will pay a million for it, then lay low.

  99. John F. BaRoss Jr. says: Feb 2, 2016 11:13 PM

    Per the NYT story on this, “… The N.F.L. does not want to buy the tapes and has warned Haupt not to sell them to outside parties …”.

    Is “sell” the operative legal restriction? Could Troy legally do a different transaction that is not ‘selling’? (i.e.: donate or loan to – for instance – Christie’s Auction House, or to a wealthy sheikh, or to the City of Las Vegas) then separately/ ‘coincidentally’ Troy realizes some type of benefits.

    Is there some type of national historical preservation law that may supersede copyright law?

    Does the Fair Use Doctrine apply to this content?

    The NFL Films’ cobbled version of Super Bowl I (that was recently broadcast) was disappointing. The majority of the replayed broadcast was talked over by contemporary players … a shrewd tactic by the NFL to disguise the fact that (per the NYT story) Troy has authentic audio that NFL Films does not have.

    Troy’s version is “… a vintage broadcast by CBS, with Ray Scott calling the first half with Frank Gifford, and Jack Whitaker taking over in the third quarter with a friendlier, wittier play call. Gifford referred regularly to Green Bay Coach Vince Lombardi as “Vinny” and kept promoting the Chiefs’ great play well after they were out of the game. A 1960s sensibility is preserved, helping to separate the tape from the NFL Films reconstruction.”

    The NFL made over $7,300,000,000 ($7.3B) in 2014 and they countered Troy’s $1M offer (the estimated value of this recording back in 2005 by Sports Illustrated) with just $30K then the NFL walked. The behemoth NFL kicking a little guy to the curb. The NFL is a PR buffoon machine.

    Talk about a monopolistic empire with artificial legal protections that are ripe for being dismantled! As the NFL says when they abandon cities and fans … “we’re just a business”. Indeed, the NFL is just a business … so enough with their legal privileges and protections!

  100. dkgambler1 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:33 PM

    The guy should just call it “The Big Game” and sell it.

  101. edshardwarecom says: Feb 3, 2016 12:00 AM

    I would wait for the NFL to come back with better offer and tell them it is now 2 million. They should have paid without reservation the first time the tape was offered it is history. Goodell should be voted out and banned for life from NFL.

  102. viking1961 says: Feb 3, 2016 12:00 AM

    Lombardi was a TYRANT for a coach with NO SOCIAL skills. Naming the trophy after him is ABSURD ….. horrible role model …..!!!!!

  103. jlokc says: Feb 3, 2016 12:10 AM

    The million dollar amount is a realistic figure for a wedding ceremony that several parties (Ed Sabol and NFL Films, CBS and NBC) passed on opportunities to preserve themselves.
    Think about how no Johnny Carson shows from New York (1961-71) exist because NBC recorded over the tapes in a cost saving measure. Dumont network and Ernie Kovacs shows were dumped in the water off the NYC. Coast. Sometimes the rich person has to reward the little guy for saving the heirloom they were too short sighted to save themselves

  104. johngirouard says: Feb 3, 2016 12:13 AM

    he should have a burn the 1st SB party charge 1 dollar a person raise as much as he can then burn them on a pay-per-vew fu3k the NFL now tell them if they want them the price is 2 million or they will burnt on SB Sunday 51

  105. truongphuocnguyen says: Feb 3, 2016 2:05 AM

    burn the tape

  106. Pftsliberalagenda says: Feb 3, 2016 5:36 AM

    No finances league. Goodell needs to go. The dude is pure evil

  107. walk929501 says: Feb 3, 2016 8:50 AM

    I realize this misses the point, but the recording would be so much better *with* the commercials.

  108. jon11x says: Feb 3, 2016 9:51 AM

    I see all these comments now saying why should the NFL pay more than the tapes are worth?

    If you read the NY Times article now the NFL is saying they wont pay ANYTHING for the tapes — not even the $30,000 – that they don’t even want them anymore. At the same time though they are saying they will sue the guy if he sells the tapes.

    the only broadcast copy of Super Bowl 1 is worth something to someone. Only the market would be able to say.

  109. jtrippo says: Feb 3, 2016 11:43 AM

    Hi should plan a tape burning session and sell the rights to Fox! He would probably make more money and screw the NFL at the same time…

  110. will2p0wer says: Feb 3, 2016 12:25 PM

    Should have taken the $30K.. sadly, he’s fighting a war he can’t win. He should have known that going in.

  111. clanham1 says: Feb 3, 2016 12:42 PM

    Sell it to someone outside the US

  112. lambeaudungbarn says: Feb 3, 2016 12:49 PM

    If I were the guy I’d tell the NFL to take the deal and if they choose not to, BURN the tapes.
    I’m tired of the League playing Bully, The Tapes belong to the guy and are unique, that makes them valuable. So he can sell the tapes without selling the content.
    but they are worth much more that his asking price.

  113. lambeaudungbarn says: Feb 3, 2016 1:11 PM

    excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says:
    Feb 2, 2016 3:34 PM

    yooperman says:
    Feb 2, 2016 12:26 PM

    How was this recorded? VHS was invented until 1976, so he didn’t just pop a tape in. Was it done with a movie camera and a tape recorder?

    ______________

    I think you must be right. There were a few options, the The Sony CVC-2000 had come out in 1965 with 1/2 inch tape. Otherwise the old standyb 8mm, or possibly Super8 which came out in 65.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It could very well be 16mm Kodachrome with the Monaural sound track. That format was invented in 1935 and was easily available to home users. It would create a very good reproduction. That would explain the commercials not being included, and the
    reason the game wasn’t recorded in the later parts
    to conserve film.

  114. themikegun says: Feb 3, 2016 8:34 PM

    “This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL for the private use of our audience. Any other use of this telecast or of any pictures, descriptions, or accounts of the game without the NFL’s consent, is prohibited.”

    This is said at the beginning of each NFL telecast. Did this get said at the beginning of the telecast of SBI? Does it need to be said at the beginning if each game? If not, why do they say it? If the NFL says it was said at SBI…can they prove it? Is that part of the audio somewhere?

  115. 9ernation35 says: Feb 4, 2016 12:41 PM

    Ok i might be wrong here but i dont think there was such a thing as copyright laws and i know for a fact he can sell the tapes to who ever he wants because hes not violating any laws by selling tapes hes not airing it who ever buys the tapes would have to jump threw the hoops if they wanted to air the game. He should put them up in a auction. The nfl is always trying to strong arm people thinking they can do what ever they want. Sell the tapes the nfl has no leagl right to those tapes they are his owned by him

  116. 9ernation35 says: Feb 4, 2016 1:00 PM

    Here it is in plain words of the copyright lawsUnder the First Sale Doctrine (Section 109 of the Copyright Act), ownership of a physical copy of a copyright-protected work permits lending, reselling, disposing, etc., of the item. However, it does not permit reproducing the material, publicly displaying or performing it, or engaging in any of the acts reserved for the copyright holder. Why? Because the transfer of the physical copy does not transfer the copyright holder’s rights to the work. Even including an attribution on a copied work (for example, putting the author’s name on it) does not eliminate the need to obtain the copyright holder’s consent. To use copyrighted materials lawfully, you must secure permission from the applicable copyright holders or a copyright licensing agen

  117. profootballfan500 says: Feb 8, 2016 1:00 AM

    I can’t help but wonder if the NFL has found additional footage of the broadcast of Super Bowl I on its own and is in the process of restoring more of the game.

    Consider that for the longest time, all that was publicly known to exist of either NBC’s or CBS’ coverage of the game were a few snippets of highlights.

    Then the NFL Network announces it will air a reconstructed broadcast of the First AFL-NFL Championship Game. In promos for this, videotape of the first touchdown in the game’s history is shown (no surprise there) as well as the opening kickoff, which I had never seen before.

    Interestingly, when those plays and the other 143 of Super Bowl I are shown during the actual program, only NFL Films’ coverage is provided.

    Still the actual program did contain some video surprises, such as the player introductions and the postgame interview Pat Summerall did with Commissioner Pete Rozelle. And then earlier today on the Super Bowl 50 pregame show, CBS showed footage of Ray Scott and Jack Whitaker talking prior to the start of Super Bowl I about the matchup between the Chiefs and Packers. To the best of my knowledge, none of this footage had been publicly shown again until this year.

    Granted this isn’t game footage, but if all this pregame and postgame material has been unearthed, it seems reasonable to presume more game action itself has been discovered, such as the opening kickoff.

    I hope that when the 50th anniversary of Super Bowl I rolls around next January, the NFL will use whatever videotape it can find of this game, including if need be striking a deal for the Paley tape to make as complete as possible a reconstructed television broadcast of this historic game. NFL Films coverage could be used to fill in any possible gaps. I think it speaks well of NFL Films that it recorded every play of the game, including extra points.
    That’s dedication.

  118. anakinflair says: Feb 8, 2016 10:33 AM

    rufustfireflyjr says:
    Feb 2, 2016 9:40 AM
    I know our tendency is to side with the little guy here, but looking at it from the league’s point of view, why should they pay Haupt anywhere near what he is asking for? It’s not like he can sell the tape to anyone else. He has absolutely no leverage here. if the NFL makes that offer again, if I’m Haupt, I’m taking it.

    You make an excellent point, and perhaps the two sides should negotiate instead of each making one offer and saying that is it. But while he can’t sell the tape to anyone else, he does still have the most complete recording of the game in existence. That in itself is leverage. He can refuse to sell until the day he dies, and the day before he could toss the tape into the fire just to rub it in their faces.

    The NFL is screwing themselves over by not paying the man a relatively insignificant sum of money to help preserve their history.

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