The First Super Bowl To Be Broadcast Locally


Super Bowl VII, which saw the Miami Dolphins complete their undefeated season by beating the Washington Redskins, was the first Super Bowl ever to be televised live in the city that the game was being played in. The NFL at the time had unconditional blackout rules that prohibited stations from showing the broadcast locally. When the game became a sellout, the NFL allowed it to be broadcast locally as an experiment. As a result, the NFL’s policy has since been to blackout games from local broadcast unless they are sold out.

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