Religious News: NFL bans Church groups watching Superbowl

Rocket man at SuperbowlThe 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???????

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I'm originally from Scotland and have been a Presbyterian pastor for over twenty years. I live in Knoxville, TN. I enjoy art as a means of therapy, but also as a creative way to strengthen my spiritual connection to God.
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2 Responses to Religious News: NFL bans Church groups watching Superbowl

  1. mjdcrx says:

    “Question: If people are watching the Superbowl in churches, how does that shrink the amount of people who are watching the Superbowl adverts???????”

    The amount of money gained is added per household or cablebox. Having so many people in one location, instead of all those people at their own homes watching from their own cablebox/whatever reduces the amount of “people/households” watching, and in-turn, lowers the total amount of money gained.

    It’s a shame that the NFL is berating the Church in this way – the NFL always used to be about the sport, but now it seems more about pleasing advertisers and getting the big green.

    –Michael
    ((crxo.wordpress.com))

  2. stushie says:

    I thought that was the case Michael. Thanks for reading and commenting on the blog.

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