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jAZ
02-01-2007, 08:41 PM
I understand the need for the NFL to avoid theater-wide broadcasts of the game. That would/could really hurt their advertising profits if hundreds or thousands of people were watching the game on 1 TV (and the ratings dropped artificially as a result).

But this is just plain stupid. They have discretion to waive the policy in anyway they chose (sports bars). Do it for Churches too!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/specials/playoffs/2006/02/01/bc.fbn.superbowl.church.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NFL has nixed a church's plans to use a wall projector to show the Colts-Bears Super Bowl game, saying it would violate copyright laws.

NFL officials spotted a promotion of Fall Creek Baptist Church's "Super Bowl Bash" on the church Web site last week and overnighted a letter to the pastor demanding the party be canceled, the church said.

Initially, the league objected to the church's plan to charge a fee to attend and that the church used the license-protected words "Super Bowl" in its promotions.

Pastor John D. Newland said he told the NFL his church would not charge anyone and that it would drop the use of the forbidden words.

But the NFL objected to the church's plans to use a projector to show the game, saying the law limits it to one TV no bigger than 55 inches.

The church will likely abandon its plans to host a Super Bowl party.

"We want to be supportive of our local team," Newland said. "For us to have all our congregation huddled around a TV that is big enough only for 10 or 12 people to watch just makes little sense."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league's long-standing policy is to ban "mass out-of-home viewing" of the Super Bowl. An exception is made for sports bars and other businesses that show televised sports as a part of their everyday operations.

"We have contracts with our (TV) networks to provide free over-the-air television for people at home," Aiello said. "The network economics are based on television ratings and at-home viewing. Out-of-home viewing is not measured by Nielsen."

It is also the reason no mass viewings are planned in large arenas like the RCA Dome or Conseco Fieldhouse.

Newland said his church won't break the law.

"It just frustrates me that most of the places where crowds are going to gather to watch this game are going to be places that are filled with alcohol and other things that are inappropriate for children," Newland said. "We tried to provide an alternative to that and were shut down."

Other Indiana churches said they are deciding whether they should go through with their Super Bowl party plans, given the NFL's stance.

milkman
02-01-2007, 08:45 PM
Repost

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=157696

DaFace
02-01-2007, 08:45 PM
Yep, it's retarded. It's also a REPOST!! :p

http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=157696
http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=157697

DaFace
02-01-2007, 08:45 PM
Repost

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=157696

You're too quick for me, dammit.

milkman
02-01-2007, 08:46 PM
Yep, it's retarded. It's also a REPOST!! :p

http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=157696
http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=157697

Repost

sedated
02-01-2007, 08:47 PM
WE'VE LANDED ON THE MOON!

jAZ
02-01-2007, 09:17 PM
It's never not funny to have 3 or 4 people tell me it's a repost.

ROFL

Thanks though! :p

boogblaster
02-01-2007, 09:23 PM
Repost or not its fricking stupid..if the community wants to watch the game in a church and donate some cash for the goodies BFD...

Extra Point
02-01-2007, 09:23 PM
The repost is a broadcast of the above news. Any action gifs from the game are broadcasts. The NFLPA will shut down the Planet, thereby biting one of many hands that feeds it. Unfortunately, what was created as a pensionary device, now seems to be a country club.

Pitt Gorilla
02-01-2007, 09:26 PM
Similarly, churches can't project lyrics to religious songs without first securing the copyright. Our church just recently purchased a projector and ran into this issue.

Extra Point
02-01-2007, 09:48 PM
Similarly, churches can't project lyrics to religious songs without first securing the copyright. Our church just recently purchased a projector and ran into this issue.

Yeah, churches are big into "Thou shalt not rip off thy neighbor's hymn."

How big is the congregation in Indy that was hand-slapped?

Wherever two or more are gathered in the NFL's name, I, the Great League, am there also. To collect royalties.

keg in kc
02-01-2007, 09:54 PM
I think this might be a repost.

Stinger
02-01-2007, 11:21 PM
:)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v250/stinger871/repost.jpg

LV Tim
02-02-2007, 10:11 AM
Sorry for the repost :p

Vaspar
02-02-2007, 11:32 AM
So the NFL has folks lurking on church websites for this information? Too much like Big Brother if you ask me. Hope they don't start regulating screen sizes with the TV industry, I'm already over their limit, think they will devise a way to block broadcast to homes with TV screens bigger than 55 inches?????