Saturday, February 03, 2007

Superbowl Double-Standard

In recent years, Superbowl parties at churches have become a big thing. Families can get together, watch the game on a big screen, and have great snacks. Everything you can do at a sports bar, right? Well, not really. How about the kids? Have you dragged the kids down to the bar lately?

Anyway, I've recently heard that NFL lawers are now "warning" churches against these type of parties. It's their "interpretation" of copyright law that forbids gatherings to watch the Superbowl on screens larger that 55 inches. In fact, they have specific rules regarding these viewing parties.
  • No admission fees (even to pay for snacks).
  • Only one television (55 inches or smaller).
  • No use of the words "Super Bowl" in promotional materials.
  • No exhibition of the game in connection with events "that promote a message."
Here's the double-standard. The NFL makes an "exception" for sports bars and businesses that regularly show televised sports. What's with that? Also, what's with the restriction on "promoting a message?" Both Colts coach Tony Dungy and Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith are Christians and have publicly shared their testimonies on several occasions.

I don't know, but this whole issue ticks me off! The NFL has really lost my respect.