On September 29, 1951, the University of California Bears and University of Philadelphia Quakers faced off in Philadelphia for the first football game to be telavized in color, airing on NBC.
California, ranked fifth in the nation, beat 19th ranked Pennsylvania 35-0.
The transition from black and white to color was a one small step of many. Fast forward to today and you see demand for high definition or even three denominational viewing opportunities for both regularly broadcast shows as well as athletic events. The demand from sports fans to see the picture clearly is high. They want to see if the base runner is out or if the receiver steps out of bounds before he catches the ball.
But, as viewing capability improves, the game evolves to accommodate the new technology. Fans and officials can take advantage of instant replay while networks provide timeouts, or time for more commercials and teams add more advertisements around the stadium every year to be picked up by the cameras.
“Baseball hasn’t been the national pastime for many years now- no sport is. The national pastime, like it or not, is television.” -Bob Greene (Chicago Tribune fitness writer)