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So since the old football thread was locked up I was thinking of how to start a new thread, and this seemed to be a good starting point: NFL's Scrooge McDuck
Anyway just a couple of highlights:
The NFL has nixed a church's plans to use a wall projector to show the Colts-Bears Super Bowl game, saying it would violate copyright laws.
NFL officials spotted a promotion of Fall Creek Baptist Church's "Super Bowl Bash" on the church Web site last week and overnighted a letter to the pastor demanding the party be canceled, the church said.
Initially, the league objected to the church's plan to charge a fee to attend and that the church used the license-protected words "Super Bowl" in its promotions.
But the NFL objected to the church's plans to use a projector to show the game, saying the law limits it to one TV no bigger than 55 inches.
"We have contracts with our (TV) networks to provide free over-the-air television for people at home," Aiello said. "The network economics are based on television ratings and at-home viewing. Out-of-home viewing is not measured by Nielsen."
I know things like this have happened before, but it just amazes me how penny pinching NFL execs can be. I don't know much about the Nielson ratings and how they are calculated, but it seems that numbers would be pretty inaccurate anyway on events like the superbowl because everyone and their second cousin goes to watch the game at a party.
And the fact that just this one instance isn't going to stop the bazillion other gatherings that are exactly like this one.
Anyways, Bears 28 Colts 24.
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