By Greg C. Truax
Super Bowl 1 versus Super Bowl 56.
In 1967, Los Angeles was the host city for Super Bowl I. Fans across American watched the game between the Packers and Chiefs on CBS or NBC. Yes, two networks.
But the big game was blacked out in the Los Angeles market. Back then, NFL games were not televised locally. The League thought local fans would watch games on TV instead of at the stadium.
In fact, the first six Super Bowls were blacked out locally.
In the recent Super Bowl 56, some 112 million watched the Rams beat the Bengals on NBC, including some 11 million viewers on its streaming platforms.
And fans paid sky high ticket prices to attend the game at a sold out SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.