The NFL has called a reverse play…this year they will be allowing churches to show the Super Bowl on big screen TVs without fear of violating copyright laws. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says churches may now show the game on any size screen, as long as it’s in their normal meeting place and they don’t charge admission.
Two years ago, when Peyton Manning was leading the Indianapolis Colts on their championship run, the NFL clamped down on the ability to watch the big game in churches. The NFL sent letters to churches informing them that airing the game would be a violation of the NFL’s copyright and trademark rights. However, faced with the prospect of Congress enacting a change to copyright law, the NFL decided to instead toss this Hail Mary to church groups and let the game go on.
So while the Colts aren’t in the big game this year, church groups can now get together and root for local favorite Edgerrin James to win that long-awaited ring. Cardinals 24 – Steelers 21.