Carol Platt Liebau: Shame on the NFL

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Shame on the NFL

Apparently, it's just fine with the NFL if people watch the Super Bowl on large screen TV's in bars. But heaven forbid (no pun intended!) that churches hold Super Bowl parties using large screen televisions.

The NFL's legal team is down on the churches like a duck on a June bug . . . which should be much to the NFL's shame.


Blogger Marshall Art said...

And what great PR it would have been to highlight how churches might use such gatherings to raise funds for charitable work. But as it is, I believe it's been mostly just a huge "family" gathering with everyone sharing the costs of eats. Shame on the NFL.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Even a quick glance at the actions of some NFL players (including those making the Hall of Fame) suggests the league and most team owners have no shame. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers seem to get rid of law breakers and malcontents as a matter of conscience.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

The Church planned to cut the half-time ads and substitute their own message. Obvious copy right violation and theft.

Shame on the Church!

3:07 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...


So what? Private function. Not for profit event. No shame there whatsoever. Just a bit with you, though.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

It seems minor compromises by both sides could have avoided this issue.

The NFL could waive their "they do it every day as part of their business" special circumstance for sports bars so that churches would not be excluded.

Churches could decide not to charge admission (I thought that a little odd anyway). They could easily have accepted donations instead.

Churches could also use smaller screens - even multiple smaller screens - to avoid the screen size limitation. Isn't that what the sports bars are required to do?

Hats off to the church official who cancelled his plans not because of pressure from the NFL, but because he realized his plans were outside the legal boundaries. It was a matter of integrity and concience for him. Good for him!

5:53 AM  

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