Since the NFL came down so hard on churches hosting Super Bowl parties a few years ago I have been worried/confused on what our youth group was allowed to do for any type of party for viewing the Super Bowl. The good thing is that the NFL since then has made some good steps in helping out churches. However, there are still rules that we need to be aware of.
Here are the updated rules and regulations that I found for a church hosting a Super Bowl party this year:
1) You must show the game live. If you have to delay the viewing you may DVR the game, but you cannot use the recording after the event or even keep the recording.
2) You can only show the game on equipment that you already normally use for ministry. Before they had rules on how big the screen could be. I could not find any regulation on the size anymore. What they care about more is that you cannot rent or bring in something to view the game that you don’t already use for your ministry.
3) The viewing must take place at your normal meeting space. You cannot rent a space to use for the party.
4) You cannot charge admission for the party. The NFL has stated, however, that churches may take up a donation to help with the cost of the event.
5) You can now call it a Super Bowl Party instead of having to call it “Big Game Party” or what other creative name you have used in the past. You can also include the names of the teams that are playing. This is a recent change in their rules. However, you cannot use the NFL Shield, Super Bowl or Team logos to promote your party. So, just stay away from ALL logos.
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