HOLLYWOOD — If the producers of NBC's Jan. 26 Super Bowl coverage have their way, the presidential tradition of phoning the winners in the locker room may go by the wayside. At least, what the network people consider an awkward moment on camera may not be televised.
The alternative worked out with the White House is a live, pre-game interview between "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw and the president, which would take the place of the congratulatory call.
Supporting this questionable decision - obviously designed to hype NBC News - is executive producer Mike Weisman, who met with TV writers along with the network's team of sportscasters - Dick Enberg, Bob Costas and Merlin Olsen. Costas, a glib fellow who talks non-stop, declared: "It's virtually certain that President Reagan will still call the locker room, but it's Weisman's call not to cover it."