The NFL and Freemasonry.

Ok, so there isn’t really a connection with the NFL and Freemasonry, but I though the two names together today would really go hand in hand. But the story does in some ways pertain to what you can do with the NFL, and as a Freemason, this may be interesting.

Many have heard, but probably many have not, that the term “Super Bowl” has been copy written, and cannot be used in advertising, especially if you are not a “Licensed Sponsor” in some way of the event. The way it breaks out is that you can talk about it journalistically, as in a news story, but you cannot make association of it in promotion of something, in other words, you can’t make money from saying it. The same is true for the term “Super Bowl”.

The same is true of broadcasting the game. You can watch it, but there are rules to HOW you can watch it. I had known about this for some time, but the issue resurfaced on my radar yesterday when I read an article from the Los Angeles Times, a regional juggernaut of a newspaper.

The Times article, by Stephanie Simon, talked about how the NFL has been ceasing and desisting community churches who wanted to broadcast “the Big Game” to it’s congregations on large projection screens. Two things that go hand in hand church and Football. Apparently, the NFL doesn’t like God to watch the games with his congregants. See, the law says that you can’t boradcast the event to large audiences without expressed written consent from the NFL. It becomes copyright infringement.

From the times article…

The law has been widely ignored for years. Churches routinely draw hundreds of fans to annual Super Bowl parties; some denominations openly use the events as tools for evangelism. The Christian magazine Sports Spectrum even markets a Super Bowl party kit for churches. This year, however, a celebration sponsored by Falls Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis caught the attention of a National Football League attorney, Rachel L. Margolies.

She ordered the church to cancel its party and remove the trademarked Super Bowl name from its website. The Indianapolis Star picked up the story Thursday – and by Friday, pastors across Indiana and beyond were scrambling to yank down their Super Bowl banners and give away their trays of burgers.

So what does that have to do with Freemasonry? If your lodge or club is having an event, you are probably in violation of the same things the churches are violation of. Broadcasting the event to an unmonitored audience without their permission.

The article goes on to say

“Under NFL guidelines – and federal law – churches, schools and other public venues can hold football-viewing parties only if they use a single, living-room-size TV, no bigger than 55 inches. When they project the game onto 12-foot screens or set up banks of TVs, they cross the line, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

Jumbo screens “have the potential to draw thousands of people, and if we had that going on across the country, it would eventually erode the television ratings,” McCarthy said.”

The lesson here: watching the game on small screens with small groups at home, or at sports bars where drinking in public is encouraged, is good. Watching with large like minded fans at church or other large congregant bodies is bad. And if you are hosting a Super bowl party, get the tape measure out and measure your TV, if it’s bigger than 55 inches, you may just be in violation of how the NFL wants to let you to watch it. And God forbid, pardon the pun, we erode the television ratings and potentially hurt their advertising revenue.

I wonder what Jesus would do. Would the NFL tell him to cease and desist watching the game on Peter’s 72 inch plasma with the other 12 disciples?

Maybe this would be a good law change to mention to your Congressman.

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~ by Greg on February 4, 2007.

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