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NFL won't let church show game

Posted: Thursday February 1, 2007 1:37PM; Updated: Thursday February 1,
2007 2:10PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- 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.

Pastor John D. Newland said he told the NFL his church would not charge
anyone and that it would drop the use of the forbidden words.

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.

The church will likely abandon its plans to host a Super Bowl party.

"We want to be supportive of our local team," Newland said. "For us to
have all our congregation huddled around a TV that is big enough only
for 10 or 12 people to watch just makes little sense."
...story continues.......................


Information from: The Indianapolis Star,


Mary Croix Ludwick, Librarian

Thomas Haley Elementary K-5

Irving ISD, Texas (near Dallas)


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