NFL Gives in to Churches

February 26, 2008 by

Woohoo! Victory!

Reports are surfacing (via my investigative reporting of the espn.com main page) that the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is giving up the fight against religious organizations holding live showings of the Super Bowl.

If you keep up with us, you’ve probably know of the church-NFL tension stemming from last year’s Super Bowl. Essentially, churches were having Super Bowl parties and the NFL was getting mad because, unless you’re a bar, you aren’t allowed to have game screenings when the display is larger than 55″.

We’ve talked about this again and again. And again. And again.

Comments on the original article show there’s a possible hullabaloo coming up with the NFL exempting “religious organizations.” (Although they already exempt bars.) Some folks aren’t too happy about this exception to the rule. What about community centers? What about non-religious folks? It will be interesting to see how churches respond to getting this special status.

As for me, I only know of Jesus discussing football or the Super Bowl once

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Joshua Cody


Josh Cody served as our associate editor for several years before moving on to bigger things. Like Texas. These days he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, and you can find him online or on Twitter when he's not wrestling code.
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2 Responses to “NFL Gives in to Churches”

  • brad
    February 26, 2008

    Okay, that video killed me! :-)
    Cool that things are relaxing on this front. I think you’ve highlighted a rather strange double-standard, and it’s good to see some acknowledgement of that.


  • Jermayn Parker
    February 26, 2008

    OK can we leave this alone now? You got the football in your church now lets concentrate on something more important and that is Jesus….
    Dont get me wrong I love sport, especially Australian Football but I just think there are more important things to worry about rather than watching a game at church.



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