With the NFL, sports bars are in – churches are out.
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)–The National Football League has told a Southern Baptist church in Indianapolis it will run afoul of federal copyright law if it hosts a Super Bowl party this Sunday, even though the league makes a major exception for such large-scale viewings at sports bars…
Here’s the full article. Sr. Pastor John Newland is thinking absolutely right. You’ll appreciate his comments. There’s an NFL attorney listed too. Would be nice if her Email box was full to overflowing first-thing Monday morning. (My attitude’s showing, isn’t it?)
It sounds to me like it all comes down to Control and The Dollar.
Or maybe it’s control OF the dollar.
Let’s see, a congregation and guests of their families can’t gather together at church, creating a wholesome place to watch one of the year’s biggest events (and hopefully some of the year’s best commercials) so the NFL maintains control of how people see the game.
While sports bars around the country can? and do? With the -[ahem]- alfluences of incohol all around?!!
I wonder if there’s a way to make sure that 10% of the NFL’s gross income each year goes to benefit organizations like the one trying to serve its community Sunday (and the other 51 Sundays of the year). Since we can’t watch the game together at church (not even on multiple screens).
People need to KNOW about this!
Then pray. Ask God to do something.
He just might, last I checked He was bigger than the NFL. And the FCC. And the networks.
Some of His followers are playing Sunday; devoted believers on both teams. Coaches with outspoken testimonies will be across the field from each other. (Look for the links in Ann’s comments)
This may have taken the church in Indianapolis by surprise but it certainly didn’t catch God off-guard.
Let’s ask Him: “For the sake of Your name, Lord, turn this selfishness into an opportunity of some kind! Help us be gentle but bold about You when the subject comes up!”
OK. I’ll get down off this soap-box. Just makes me mad, that’s all.
Pass the word. I think America needs to know about this.