Troy Haupt of North Carolina may have stumbled onto a buried treasure if he can find a buyer. The first Super Bowl was held on January 15, 1967 and inexplicably the NFL, CBS and NBC do not have a saved recording of the 35-10 Packers victory over the Chiefs. The only known copy was recorded by Troy Harp’s father Martin Haupt.
Troy recovered the tapes from his mother and approached the NFL with a $1 million offer for the footage, the NFL countered with $30,000. Troy then attempted to sell the tapes to CBS, but that sale was blocked by the NFL. The NFL responded with the following:
“Please be aware that any resulting copyright infringement will be considered intentional, subjecting your client and those parties to injunctive relief and special damages, among other remedies.”
Translation: We will sue you into oblivion for copyright infringement. For now, Troy is stuck with the tapes with little prospects for legally selling. Perhaps he will be able to work out a compromise with the NFL in the future.