2010 Super Bowl Party Rules

Kent Shaffer —  January 17, 2010

Is your church planning a 2010 Super Bowl party?

If so, be sure that your church super bowl party is legal. In recent years, the NFL has become very protective of its copyright over all things super bowl. Fortunately, The Church Law Group has put together 3 rules for church super bowl parties (video).

3 Rules for 2010 Church Super Bowl Parties

  1. The game must be shown on equipment that the church regularly uses over the course of ministry. So if the church already owns a big screen and sound equipment, then the game can be shown using this equipment.
  2. Church can not charge admission for the party. The NFL has stated, however, that church may take up a donation to defray the cost of the event if they desire.
  3. To avoid any copyright infringements, churches may want to call their event a “Big Game Party” rather than a “Super Bowl Party.”

Enjoy the Super Bowl Big Game!

Kent Shaffer

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11 responses to 2010 Super Bowl Party Rules

  1. wow…that’s more detailed than i’d prefer to manage…

  2. Thanks, great information… Lots of churches could/have get/gotten themselves in hot water over this. Thanks for the useful link.

  3. We call it the Supper Bowl…our youth serve chili as a fundraiser…you only pay for food…the game just happens to be being shown at the same time…go figure! ;)

  4. The NFL goes overboard on their copyright concerns. If you listen to their copyright warnings during their broadcasts it sounds as if it might technically be illegal to discuss the game with friends at work.

  5. At least they’ve eased their restrictions on the size of screen you can show the game on. We’re calling ours the “Souper Bowl Party” and serving, you guessed it, different soups.

  6. Forgive me, as I’m unfamiliar with this site and The Church Law Group organization. Is there some sort of official source that can be cited for this information? A link that contains nfl.com for example? The youtube video is nice and all, but I can’t use that as a defense when the questions get asked as to how do I know it’s ok for me to do this. Thanks!

  7. Jim was right. super detailed. great info thanks

  8. Dear Dan,

    Thanks so much for the information. Amen to the Scripture that the house is built by wisdom and it’s rooms are filled with precious treasures by knowledge. The Word says a wise man stores up knowledge. Thank you for freely sharing yours with us. We would like to have a church viewing party of the Super Bowl in a completely legal, upright and honorable way.

    God bless you,

    Pastor Warren Cook
    Friendship Church
    San Antonio, TX

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