The NFL does intend to protect its true rights as it should do … and it should avoid trying to hijack others such as “Who Dat.”
The Palace Theatre in downtown Canton, OH, wasn’t “scheduled” to feature the Super Bowl on Sunday.
For those asking, The Big Game was the coming attraction at the historic vaudeville and movie palace, four blocks from the birthplace of the NFL. Admission free, kickoff at 6:28 p.m.
Georgia Paxos, executive director of the nonprofit community center said, “We were instructed we cannot advertise it beyond saying it’s ‘The Big Game.'” They were not even allowed to mention the teams playing in “The Big Game.” But it appears that isn’t enough. The NFL said on Tuesday it “will be in contact” with the theater about its lightly disguised Super Bowl event, even without an admission price.
Officials at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans have cited NFL policy as the reason they have had to cancel a mass showing of Sunday’s game between their Saints and the Indianapolis Colts.
Three years ago the NFL garnered some bad publicity when they demanded a church cancel plans to show the Super Bowl on a big screen invoking the copyright laws. Out of fear of the NFL, other churches cancelled their traditional viewing parties. The specific issues were said to be an admission charge covering snacks and a screen larger than 55 inches diagonally. Under pressure from lawmakers, the league later said it would no longer go after churches, regardless of screen size. “We only ask they not charge admission and hold it in the location regularly used for large gatherings,” Aiello said.
He said TV ratings were a prime reason the league polices public performances. Out-of-home viewing is not measured by Nielsen, whose ratings are a foundation of network economics. “We’re not preventing anybody from watching the game,” Aiello said. “It’s on free, over the air TV. You can watch it anywhere.”
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