The NFL is pulling the plug on big Super Bowl parties—complete with halftime prayers—that have become a popular tradition at many churches, saying the churches violate copyright law by showing the game to the flock on large-screen TVs.
Current law bans public exhibitions of the game on screens larger than 55 inches.
“Doesn’t the NFL have enough money already?” one disgruntled pastor quipped to the Washington Post.
• Though churches charge no admission for their parties—some of which draw hundreds of fans—the NFL argues that gatherings around big screens outside of homes shrinks TV ratings, which hurts advertising revenues.
Only sports bars are exempt from the 55-inch rule. Some churches are changing the name of their parties to evade NFL scrutiny; a civil liberties group is threatening to sue.
Question: If people are watching the Superbowl in churches, how does that shrink the amount of people who are watching the Superbowl adverts???????