Thursday, February 01, 2007

NFL Orders Church to Call Off Its "Super Bowl" Party

Fall Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis wants to host a Super Bowl party where they show the game on a big screen and church members gather to have some snacks, talk to friends and cheer on the Colts.

The NFL's lawyers have told the church in no uncertain terms to call off the party:

NFL officials spotted a promotion of Fall Creek's "Super Bowl Bash" on the church Web site last week and sent pastor John D. Newland a letter -- via FedEx overnight -- demanding the party be canceled.
Initially, the league objected to the church's plan to charge partygoers a fee to attend and that the church used the license-protected words "Super Bowl" in its promotions.

Newland told the NFL his church would not charge partygoers -- the fee had been intended only to pay for snacks -- and that it would drop the use of the forbidden words.

But the NFL wouldn't bite. It objected to the church's plans to use a projector to show the game on what effectively was a 12-foot-wide screen. It said the law limits the church to one TV no bigger than 55 inches.


Anonymous said...

They should tell the NFL to piss off, and provoke them in to suing. Even after paying their legal fees -even if they lose - they'll make a hell of a profit from the donations. Plus, they'll make the NFL look like real dorks.

Anonymous said...

Fairs Fair. After all the church gets its money by threatening people too.