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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:31 AM

50th anniversary of television screw-up

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/nfl-heidi-game-remembered-changed-222219094.html

Oh my.

I wonder if anybody on this message board is old enough to remember this. as it was eons ago.

NFL’s ‘Heidi” Game Remembered, Changed Pro Football TV Rules

Today marks the 50th anniversary of a moment that forever changed television coverage of the National Football League – it is the anniversary of the infamous “Heidi Game.”

The contest pitted the New York Jets against the Oakland Raiders, two bitter rivals in the American Football League, the upstart league in the pre-NFL merger era. The Jets, led by quarterback Joe Namath, took a 32-29 lead in the hard-fought game with less than a minute to play.

That’s when trouble ensued. NBC-TV, which was televising the game, had scheduled a presentation of Heidi, the tale of a young girl’s adventures in the Swiss Alps, for 7 PM ET. That was usually considered a safe time slot for regular programming, given that most pro football games ran about an hour per half in that era.

But this Jets/Raiders game ran slower than expected, and exceeded its scheduled three-hour time slot. So, as per pre-arrangement, the Jets/Raiders game went to commercial, only to return to the start of Heidi at 7 PM instead of the game, with no explanation to the many fans watching in the New York market who were flummoxed that they couldn’t see the end of the game.

Apparently, Timex had bought a $700,000 sponsorship of the entire Heidi show, a hefty sum in 1968, and had emphasized that it had to start on time.

Of course, the Raiders compounded the football fan misery by scoring two touchdowns in the remaining seconds of the game, incredibly winning 43-32.....

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:15 AM

1. I remember that

I also remember that TV was going to be commercial free because we were going to be paying for cable TV access.

Never separate a guy from the last minutes of his football game when the issue is still unsolved. I wasn't watching the game but I remember the uproar about it.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:26 AM

2. I remember.

Watched the game on a black and white tv. Rabbit ears with tin foil. Had to get up off the couch to change the volume and channel.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:57 AM

3. I am not sure that I was watching the game but I do remember how pissed ...

the fans were.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:04 AM

4. I remember that

That was back in the day when only one game was on at a time.

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