1. Donationkirksey957
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    01 Feb '07 21:34
    Apparently the NFL has forbid (or is it forbade) churches to have Super Bowl parties. They like the idea of big groups of people viewing one screen.

    And I thought churches were screwed up.
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    01 Feb '07 22:22
    Originally posted by kirksey957
    Apparently the NFL has forbid (or is it forbade) churches to have Super Bowl parties. They like the idea of big groups of people viewing one screen.

    And I thought churches were screwed up.
    Is that true? That's OK with me. I have'nt watched a game in years anyway. Not that I don't like football, I do, It's just that nobody invites me to their parties anymore!
  3. Standard memberNemesio
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    01 Feb '07 22:23
    Originally posted by kirksey957
    Apparently the NFL has forbid (or is it forbade) churches to have Super Bowl parties. They like the idea of big groups of people viewing one screen.

    And I thought churches were screwed up.
    Uh. What authority does the NFL have to tell churches what they
    can and cannot do?!

    Do you mean that the Mother Church of a local institution (the RC or
    Episcopal Cathedral) or the Presbytery or whatever has forbidden
    their own churches from using their projectors for the Superbowl?

    Nemesio
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    01 Feb '07 22:49
    Originally posted by Nemesio
    Uh. What authority does the NFL have to tell churches what they
    can and cannot do?!

    Do you mean that the Mother Church of a local institution (the RC or
    Episcopal Cathedral) or the Presbytery or whatever has forbidden
    their own churches from using their projectors for the Superbowl?

    Nemesio
    It seems the NFL has forbidden a church to show the game on their projector citing copyright laws.

    Here is the link -

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/specials/playoffs/2006/02/01/bc.fbn.superbowl.church.ap/index.html?cnn=yes
  5. Standard memberNemesio
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    01 Feb '07 22:51
    Originally posted by TheSkipper
    It seems the NFL has forbidden a church to show the game on their projector citing copyright laws.

    Here is the link -

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/specials/playoffs/2006/02/01/bc.fbn.superbowl.church.ap/index.html?cnn=yes
    Are non-sacred places allowed to do this?
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    01 Feb '07 23:03
    Originally posted by Nemesio
    Are non-sacred places allowed to do this?
    I do not think so. Even sports bars are limited in the size of screen they can show the super bowl on (or any NFL game AFAIK).

    It seems a shame, especially when one considers that the main impetous behind the law seems to be so that the NFL can enjoy accurate ratings numbers!?
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    01 Feb '07 23:05
    Originally posted by TheSkipper
    It seems the NFL has forbidden a church to show the game on their projector citing copyright laws.
    Does it seem reasonable to anyone that an entity which is providing its
    product 'for free' (BS! Advertising!) is telling another entity what it can
    and cannot do with its private property?!?

    How are its copyrights infringed? The church isn't going to charge people
    to watch on its projector. Its being aired over a public station. They are
    using their own resources.

    And, to boot, the church is basically giving free promotion to the NFL
    through their support and use of its facility to allow people to watch in
    a friendly, non-threatening environment and encouraging kids (next
    generation's consumers!).

    This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. And I don't see how one
    could possible argue that it's constitutional for entity A to instruct entity
    B what they can and cannot do with their own property.

    If someone could articulate what the fiscal difference between 50 people
    watching in one place and 50 people watching in 10 places is, maybe I'd
    buy the argument. But this obstruction is absurd as far as I can see.

    Nemesio
  8. Donationkirksey957
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    01 Feb '07 23:26
    Originally posted by Nemesio
    Does it seem reasonable to anyone that an entity which is providing its
    product 'for free' (BS! Advertising!) is telling another entity what it can
    and cannot do with its private property?!?

    How are its copyrights infringed? The church isn't going to charge people
    to watch on its projector. Its being aired over a public station. They are
    using thei ...[text shortened]... e I'd
    buy the argument. But this obstruction is absurd as far as I can see.

    Nemesio
    It truly is one of the craziest things I've ever heard. Now I fully expected churches to forbid their members from watching the Super Bowl after Janet Jackson bared her tittie, but they didn't.

    I believe lawyers are behind this. Where is No.1 to comment on this?
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