Is your church planning a 2010 Super Bowl party? If so, you’ll want to pay attention to the following, which appears on

Be sure that your church Super Bowl party is legal. In recent years, the NFL has become very protective of its copyright of all things Super Bowl. Fortunately, The Church Law Group has put together three rules for church Super Bowl parties (video).

1. The game must be shown on equipment that the church regularly uses in the course of ministry. So, if the church already owns a big screen and sound equipment, the game can be shown using this equipment.

2. The church cannot charge admission for the party. The NFL has said, however, the church may take up a donation to defray the cost of the event if it desires.

3. To avoid any copyright infringements, churches may want to call their events a “Big Game Party” rather than a “Super Bowl Party.”
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