Skip to comments.NFL Prevents Church from having a Superbowl Party!
Posted on 02/01/2007 7:38:48 AM PST by pctech
Fall Creek Baptist Church Family...
We regret to inform you that we have had to cancel our bash to view the Colts game this Sunday in a family friendly environment due to the fact that the NFL believes we would be in violation of the Copyright Act, because we had planned to show the game on a screen bigger than a 55 inch diagonal. We have appealed to their legal counsel and exhausted all options without success. We have been informed that the only exceptions to view the game are given to sports bars and restaurants. While we have argued that we only intend to provide a family oriented environment that will make no profit from the showing, the NFL claims that our event cannot proceed by law. Therefore, we have no choice but to challenge this in court or cancel the event. We choose to cancel the event. We deeply regret that we have been prohibited by the NFL from providing a family friendly environment for celebrating the Colts great season.
Check the posts to the article. Lots of upset people out there.
But what you folks think about this? I know my initial reaction is one of shock and anger but after thinking about it, this doesn't surprise me. I will say that they've lost a viewer and I'm going to send this article to others I know. Perhaps the word can get out and people can flood the NFL's offices with calls and emails demanding they change their stance.
PS - I wonder why this isn't on DrudgeReport??? Anyone know where I can email him to tell him about this?
Use multiple smaller screens.........
So have it with a screen less than 55 inches.
Go to his website and he has a text box for sending tips.
Scroll down on his screen and you will see his address to forward the lead.
Celebrate in the "family-friendly" environment of your own home. That way you can avoid exposure to your fellow churchmembers' colds and flus, as well as not having to drive home with all the folks celebrating in a non-family-friendly way.
Personally, I would have told the NFL that I disagreed with their interpretation and that if they wanted the bad publicity of trying to sue a church over it, they were welcome to try.
The nature of the halftime shows and some of the commercials make this a showing unsuitable for youngsters. I always turn off the half-time show.
You left out a couple of key facts - like they were charging for the party and using some copyrighted material to promote it.
NFL PARTY RULES
For groups that want to host Super Bowl parties -- other than sports bars and businesses that normally show televised sports -- here are rules the NFL says must be followed:
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."
The key word here is groups - if you invite twenty friends over to watch the game on your 72" flat panel the NFL isn't going to knock down your door and bust up your party.
How big would Janet Jackson's boob be on a larger than 55" screen?
Ironic... IndyStar doesn't allow article reposting out of IndyStar infringement concerns so we can't read an article about NFL infringement concerns!
Copyright law defines the size at which the broadcast image can be exhibited...? That's obscene, as is most of the copyright law Congress has tailored for monied interests in the last few decades.
A Freeper, TraderRob has this story on his blog, I bet others do as well.
I think it's a blessing in disguise.
Our church tried this last year. They were ready for 100 and only 5 showed.
Everybody still laughs about it.
just use it and dont tell the NFL.(to steal someones holier than though thunder, let it be known, I am an evil sinner)
If they want to control what happens to their programming, they shouldn't broadcast it across private property.
Have you seen the rap sheets on your average NFL team roster? Somehow I don't think bad publicity is on the NFL's radar. Nor do I think any bad publicity would hurt their bottom line.
NFL = GREED
Though personally, I'm of the opinion that churches ought to spend their time and resources worshipping God. I know that sounds pretty crazy.
This part also -
The league even took exception to the church's plan to influence nonmembers with a video highlighting the Christian testimonies of Colts coach Tony Dungy and Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith.
"While this may be a noble message," NFL assistant counsel Rachel L. Margolies wrote in a follow-up e-mail, "we are consistent in refusing the use of our game broadcasts in connection with events that promote a message, no matter the content."
The NFL has a right to protect their product - this isn't an example of anti-Christian bias or anything else you want to imagine into it.
-- If anyone wants to read it I can supply a link or just go to Indystar.com. --
The link is on the page you linked to.
I don't really see this "tailgating ban" as such a big deal. It's not like a "normal" regular-season game for the Dolphins, with "normal" (?) regular-season fans...it would be kind of difficult to tailgate with all the corporate jets if they tried to do that in the stadium parking lots...
Copyright law defines the size at which the broadcast image can be exhibited...?
Got it! I didn't see that before. Thanks for the heads up.
Dear Pastor John,
A little tape around the perimeter of your televison can reduce the size to 54.999 inches.
I would have done the same thing (this situation is just another gestapo tactic of the NFL) but the church doesn't want to give the impression of being a law breaker so I can see why they cancelled it.
I think the SUPER BOWL® is smaller than it could be because the NFL is getting bad marketing and legal advice.
The one that gets me is making every business that wants to do something related to the SUPER BOWL® use the code word "The Big Game" because they'll get sued if they don't purchase a license to use the copy. I take it nobody buys the license because I don't hear anybody talk about the SUPER BOWL® in commercial advertising. Took me years to understand the "code word." I say, NFL, lighten up. Let them yell SUPER BOWL® from the mountaintops. As long as they're not selling NFL franchised merch, who gives a flip. Just makes them look like nazis.
Prolly a megachurch.
The other day was a thread here about the NFL declaring a 1 mile radius around the stadium would be a No Tailgate Zone. Looking on Google Earth, there's neighborhoods surrounding the stadium. I'd like to know how they have the authority to ban what those people do in their own back yards, much less what the church watches on tv. And we thought Big Brother was merely the government.
I do too actually, they haven't had anything worth seeing during the half-time if my memory serves.
Those are 'NFL rules' (not 'copyright law' as previously stated)? How are those enforceable? What licensing agreement is an individual engaging in when they turn on a set to show a broadcast on the open airwaves? What legal premise gives the NFL power of enforcement and an ability to attach compulsory licensing to free broadcasts (other than the threat of legal intimidation through civil prosecution)? The church isn't engaged in reproduction of the materials (DVD, re-broadcast, or anything else).
The were initially notified because they were advertising to come watch the Super Bowl and listing the admission fee. A big no-no. Also, they were advertising the testimonials of NFL players.
Good point on both counts. I actually heard someone on a Chicago sports station that they had to set up a tailgate party 7 miles from the stadium! Go figure!
I'm with you. Sometimes people just want to whine and blame someone else when there is a very easy solution. They want to make a political statement. They obviously knew the rule because they asked permission. I can understand why they have granted these rights to the sports bars and understand also why giving these rights to just anyone would hurt their business.
Dear Pastor John,
Why is a church charging admission?
Why is a church having a Super Bowl party?
What do either one of those things have to do with studying the word of God and building up the Christian?
Why are you $o paranoid about a church $howing the Super Bowl that would take legal action to $top them?
One of the TV network$ paid an exorbitant amount of money ju$t for the right$ to broadca$t it.
I ju$t don't under$stand what has gotten into the NFL managment. Are you $o con$umed with money that you are willing to take all the fun out of watching the $uper Bowl?
The commercials have been weak the last few years as well. AFAIC, I'm like totally over the SUPER BOWL®. It's pretty much last century to me.
I am from Indy. I did hear that they cannot bill it as "Superbowl" party. Just call it. "Big game night" and show it however you wish.
seeker friendly/arminian approach to spreading the gospel
Don't sports bars, restaurants, etc, have to pay for the rights to show games?........
They won't have to worry about screen size or unauthorized parties here. We can't be bothered to watch it.
I don't understand why they even had to contact the NFL before hand. I never do, I just hit the on button on my clicker.
5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.
7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Ever heard of the word 'fellowship'? Why did Jesus dine with a tax collector and hang out with sinners? Why did Jesus waste time by going to a wedding (not to mention changing the water into wine?) Why did he waste time with the little children?