From Pine View Farm

Don’t Watch the Super Bowl at Church 4

Check this out:

Farmland Friends [in Indiana] on Friday joined churches nationwide in abruptly canceling its Super Bowl party for fear of violating a federal copyright law that prohibits public venues from showing NFL games on big-screen TVs.


Under NFL guidelines — and federal law — churches, schools and other public venues can hold football-viewing parties only if they use a single, living-room-size TV, no bigger than 55 inches.

With a tip to Atrios.



  1. Opie

    February 3, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    The NFL could take a tip from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and recruit observers to attend Super Bowl parties at the various churches.

  2. Frank

    February 3, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    I agree with the Washington Monthly that the whole thing points out the stupidity of some of the “intellectual property” legislation that’s floating around these days.

  3. Opie

    February 3, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the NFL do something about this. They seem to be pretty sensitive about their public image, and this isn’t going to do much for it.

    I think the problem we have right now is that law advances slowly and deliberately, and technology doesn’t. I know for sure some of these people in Congress have no clue about technology; I hope they hire legislative advisors that do.

  4. Frank

    February 5, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    They get innundated with advice from the broadcast and movie industry, which is notoriously forward looking.