Sorry this is late, but when a friend told me about this, I struggled to believe it at first and wanted to do some checking. Apparently the NFL may be out to get your church.
Congregations that showed the Super Bowl on a screen larger than 55 inches are in violation of copyright law, the NFL argues. In fact, if you have a television bigger than 55 inches and invited people over to watch the game, you are a law breaker, according to the league.
So congregations who are showing the Super Bowl on large screens in their sanctuary or projecting the game on the wall and inviting people to watch are breaking the law. The league doesn’t care if you’re charging or not. They don’t care if it’s being used as an outreach tool.
Talk about shooting themselves in the foot. I’d think the league would want everyone they could get to watch the game. The more people who care about the game, the more jerseys and NFL gear they can sell.
So what do you think? Did you break the law this Sunday? And if your a church staff person, what does the league’s stance mean about next year? Will you host a Super Bowl party?