In recent weeks, with NFL playoff fever at a high pitch, I’ve been hearing mention of the lost footage of Super Bowl I, foolishly taped over by the networks which aired it due to lack of storage space. Occasionally, that mention is accompanied by “if a full copy ever turned up…”. For example, the wikipedia article on Super Bowl I says “Television and sports archivists remain on the lookout.”
Is there any possible way for this to happen? Consumer video recording devices certainly didn’t exist back then. Obviously CBS and NBC, which had the original broadcast rights, are dead-ends. Were there any other TV camera crews known to be present? Was home-movie taking simple enough, or stadium security vis-a-vis video rights lax enough, that it’s possible someone in attendance might have filmed it?
My question, in a nutshell: is there any realistic hope that a complete recording of Super Bowl I might turn up somewhere? Or when football afficianados say things like my above quote it’s just wishful thinking, but no realistic way that it might happen.