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“NFL” Means “Not For Large” Screens (in Church) February 4, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Church, Football, Fun, Humor, News, NFL, Religion, Sports, Stupidity, super bowl.

In what appears to be the second major PR faux pas of the 2006-2007 season, the National Football League has (for all intents and purposes) said that viewing their games in a bar is acceptable, but watching in a church is not. Now, to be fair, Fall Creek Church in Indianapolis was being pretty stupid. They were charging admission to come to the church to watch the Super Bowl at their “Super Bowl Bash.”

nfl_logo vs church

In its defense, the NFL said:

…we are consistent in refusing the use of our game broadcasts in connection with events that promote a message, no matter the content

Interestingly, the NFL is perfectly tolerant of actions by its players that promote various messages, such as spouse abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, theft, and a variety of other criminal behavior. However, as with Reggie Bush’s unbelievable choice of cleats, they draw the line at churches using the publicly stated Christian faith of Tony Dungy (Colts’ head coach) and Lovie Smith (Bears’ head coach) to do anything that might promote a message other than what the NFL clearly stands for.

Notable are the additional comments and explanations given by the league for allowing sports bars to air the game on large screens, but not “mass out-of-home” viewings:

We have contracts with our (TV) networks to provide free over-the-air television for people at home,… The network economics are based on television ratings and at-home viewing. Out-of-home viewing is not measured by Nielsen.

I wonder, if I had paid $2,400,000 for a 30-second spot in tonight’s game, would I feel good about the market that the NFL has just said “no” to? Do the advertisers care if the NFL is effectively saying “watching the game in a bar where you’ll probably drink too much and drive home drunk is preferable to watching the game in a sanctuary or church dining hall, and sending the viewers out to feed the poor”?

Sadly, the advertisers probably don’t care either.

Note: The use of the tags “Football” and “stupidity” in the creation of this blog is not coincidental.


1. Malori Bostic - February 6, 2007

Wow. The NFL has done some serious thinking on this one no? Sometimes…its amazing the people most people look up to and have the most respect for are the people that do stuff and say stuff like this. Pure madness. I watched the superbowl at 8:00 in the morning in a hospital because that is where I work and half way around the world no less. I was completely unaware the NFL is saying and promoting or demoting these certain things. I’m shocked.

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