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NFL Decides Not to Crash the Party

Posted by thelamp on February 11, 2007

In a wise public relations move, the National Football League reversed a policy against a church-sponsored Super Bowl gathering, which had angered Christian football fans. Although the league re-emphasized its need to follow copyright laws, officials said they would be more flexible about allowing churches to air the Super Bowl game – as long as they didn’t charge an admission fee.

The about-face came after a large wave of offended Christians circulated their opinions on Internet blogs and through e-mail. The controversy was sparked when NFL officials attempted to stop Fall Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis from holding its Super Bowl viewing party.

Attorneys for the league had informed church officials that they could not throw a congregation-wide Super Bowl party. The Indianapolis Star reported that Pastor John Newland received a letter from the NFL demanding that the party be cancelled because it would violate copyright laws to project the game on a television screen larger than 55 inches. Major League Baseball and the NCAA have similar policies.

Although the congregation may have been spared a big-screen view of any wardrobe malfunctions during the halftime show, it’s disturbing that the NFL was willing to prevent Christians from watching the game together. Meanwhile, bars are permitted make money off the less biblical folks enjoying the game while throwing down a few cold ones.

In forums, blogs, and other public forums, Christians vented their frustrations over the NFL’s sanctions towards the church. Many others directly sent e-mails and letters to the NFL, expressing their concern and discontent. The positive resolution underscores how important it is to speak up and refuse to be silent about everyday affronts on Christian alternatives to secular events.


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