Shortly after posting an article on how the NFL can sue churches for copyright infringements, I received some excellent information from a reader on a recent change of policy by the NFL.
The NFL received a lot of pressure from church members and Congress. Led by Senator Orin Hatch (R-UTAH), and other senators, they consulted on amending the copyright law to allow an exemption for religious organizations. The NFL has now amended its policy to allow live showings of the Super Bowl by religious organizations, without any regard to the size of the screen.
Though the NFL changed its policy, the law has not changed
Below is a quick list of how and when a Super Bowl party can be shown on a big screen at a church.
1. The Super Bowl Party must be free to the general public.
2. Admissions may not be charged, but voluntary/freewill donations may be accepted to help pay for the costs.
3. It must be held on the church property or in its customary place of worship.
The good news!
If your church wants to host a Super Bowl party, you are now free to do it so long as you follow the three steps above. Go Atlanta Falcons!