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February-02-2007,
NFL Says 'No' To Church Superbowl Party...By Hartley Henderson

In Proverbs 4:5 it is written "Learn to be wise, and develop good judgement." Most people try to follow those words of wisdom, but apparently not the National Football League and particularly it's legal counsel.

Parishioners at the Fall Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana seemed very excited about the big game on Sunday, and like many other area organizations were hoping to celebrate with a superbowl party. Unfortunately for the church they are blessed with a large screen TV, and according to the NFL copyright laws, it is illegal for any place other than bars or restaurants to show an NFL game to a group of people on a screen larger than 55 inches. The church staff appealed to NFL legal counsel for some leniency and common sense, but the NFL would not back down so the church has had no choice but to cancel the party.

While the NFL may be correct in its interpretation of the copyright law, they are clearly not using any forethought. It appears the NFL's holier than thou attitude has clouded their judgement. What is possibly gained by the league by blocking the church from showing the game? It's not the first time the NFL has showed this lack of judgement, and it won't be the last. For example, the NFL's success can be largely attributed to gambling on the sport. Every major U.S. newspaper posts the Vegas lines for all NFL games and the NFL TV package is very often purchased by individuals who want to follow the games they have bets on. Why would anyone in New York, for example, have any interest in Arizona vs. Tampa Bay unless they have a wager on it? Yet the NFL seems determined to try and have gambling on its sport stopped.

That aside, the NFL should reconsider its stance and allow the church to show the game to its flock, copyright rules be damned. In the new testament, one of the more famous stories was when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples to show them humility. No doubt, if Roger Goodell or the NFL attorneys had been his disciples they would have told Jesus to kiss their feet instead.

02-02-07
Hartley Henderson
MajorWager.com
henderson@majorwager.com



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