He ended up not needing to.
The agency was able to sell off the thirty-second time slot,
but in an act of passive defiance it didn't sell the longer one.
"We told them that we couldn't sell the sixty-second slot, though in truth we didn't try," recalled Lee Clow.
Sculley, perhaps to avoid a showdown with either the board or Jobs,
decided to let Bill Campbell, the head of marketing, figure out what to do.
Campbell, a former football coach, decided to throw the long bomb.
"I think we ought to go for it," he told his team.
Early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII,
the dominant Raiders scored a touchdown against the Redskins and,
instead of an instant replay, television screens across the nation went black for an ominous two full seconds.
Then an eerie black-and-white image of drones marching to spooky music began to fill the screen.
More than ninety-six million people watched an ad that was unlike any they'd seen before.
At its end, as the drones watched in horror the vaporizing of Big Brother, an announcer calmly intoned,
"On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh.
And you'll see why 1984 won't be like '1984.'"
It was a sensation.
That evening all three networks and fifty local stations aired news stories about the ad,
giving it a viral life unprecedented in the pre–YouTube era.
It would eventually be selected by both TV Guide and Advertising Age as the greatest commercial of all time.