Having A Church Super Bowl Party?

We’re going to be showing the “big game” at our church again this year. I don’t remember all the details, but a few years ago, there was a pretty ugly boil-up between the NFL and some churches that got called out for copyright infringement. After the dust settled, we saw some “rules” come from the NFL. After the break, see a video from the Church Law Group and a link to an article from churchjuice about holding showing  “the big game” at your church.

Rules For Having A Legal Church Super Bowl Party – Blog – Church Juice.

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4 Replies to “Having A Church Super Bowl Party?”

  1. This is so dumb. The NFL does not have any real legal right to do this. I can understand not letting churches charge admission, but the rest of it is just silly. These things will never go to court, because they know they cannot win. There needs to be real IP (intellectual property) law reform.

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    1. Love the disclaimer there!

      And, yes, it is dumb – I could see a point if it were a pay-per-view event, but wouldn’t you think the more eyes that are watching advertisements, the better for their bottom line in the log-term long-term?

  2. What’s a “log-term,” Herb? ;)

    Anyway, I was thinking part of the issue was that some churches were not showing the ads. In fact, I thought that at one point they said it was ok to show the Super Bowl as long as you also showed the ads. This guy doesn’t mention it, so maybe it’s a non-issue at this point.

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