- showing the Spr Bwl to a large group on a screen larger than 55 inches
- charging admission to see the Spr Bwl
- showing the Spr Bwl at events that "promote a message"
- showing the Spr Bwl on multiple TV's
- using the Spr Bwl name to promote an event
Some of you are thinking... "Hey, wait a minute. I can load up in my SUV, burn a tankful of gas & go down to my local sports bar, who will require me to purchase X number of drinks and/or food while showing me the game on a screen roughly the size of Rhode Island. And if I'm sitting with my back to the big screen, there's about 50 smaller TV's perched on stands around the room. Is the enforcement of the NFL's copyright going to close down my only source for peanuts, beer & drunken hooting about how screwed up the replay system is?"
No, my friend, thanks to the NFL's selective enforcement policy, you can still go out & get plastered while watching the Spr Bwl telecast. You just can't do it at a church.
Bitter? Me? Nah. I'm just stunned at how incredibly tone deaf the NFL is being... if they're so freaked out about Nielsen ratings, then sports bars & restaurants are a bigger problem than churches.
My two cents? I think this about beating up on an institution that can't easily fight back. I think it's about being penny wise & pound foolish. I think it's about doing something that that they have every legal right to do... but many reasons not to do it. I think it's about selective enforcement of their copyright, which is probably going to end up costing them more in goodwill than they realize.
With all of that... this isn't a federal case. This isn't persecution - it's just dumb. Holding a Spr Bwl party to "challenge the injustice" isn't civil disobedience, it's grandstanding. Go home, go watch the Spr Bwl with some friends, talk about Jesus if you want to. The NFL can't take that away from you.