Thursday, February 01, 2007

NFL and the church

For groups that want to host Super Bowl parties -- other than sports bars and businesses that normally show televised sports -- here are rules the NFL says must be followed:
• No admission fees (even to pay for snacks).
• Only one television (55 inches or smaller).
• No use of the words "Super Bowl" in promotional materials.
• No exhibition of the game in connection with events "that promote a message."
The problem I have is the last one. The NFL doesn't want anyone to promote a message. What in the world is the message that the NFL is selling? Beer? Sex? Greed? Look at the advertisements on Sunday. That is the message the NFL is sending to the American public.

So we are using the "BIG GAME" on Sunday as an opportunity for a get together where teens can invite their friends. At halftime, we have a video of football players sharing their faith. But the NFL says we can't do that. Instead, we have to watch Prince, and have his message shoved down our throats. I don't think so mr NFL. You can't make us watch Prince and his sexual messages to us. So we will show our video on a 44 inch screen, not charge any money, and we aren't using the words "SUPER BOWL" in promotional materials. But the message? Sorry NFL, we are attacking your SEX MONEY BEER message with a message of hope, love, grace in Jesus Christ.


gretchenjohnson said...

What about snacks?

karl said...

not sure, but you can't charge admission for the "super bowl"

i'm going to make popcorn
you coming?

Jill said...

That is just crazy. I'm getting mad just sitting here thinking about it.