Is it Okay to Show the Super Bowl at Church or Not?

Remember all the hype in the last few years about whether the Super Bowl was allowed on the big screen at church?

This year, apparently things are different!

Two years ago NFL cracked down on a few churches and said, “No showing it on the big screens!” Last year we read reports that it was okay if you showed it on a 55″ screen (some of you remember my blog about it). This year… the NFL finally released their grip. The official word is… it’s okay to show the big game on the big screen at church Super Bowl parties.


Here’s a snippet from an ESPN article on the subject.

The NFL will allow church groups to show the Super Bowl on large-screen televisions, reversing a policy that drew criticism from elected officials.

In a letter to U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will no longer object to “live showings — regardless of screen size — of the Super Bowl” by religious organizations, The Washington Post reported.

Click here for the entire article.

Stay tuned for this week’s EZINE article where we’ll post this good news and start the beginnings of the “ready-made” Super Bowl party and quiz we provide every year (Click here to peek at last year’s)

(ht to Andrew)

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to Is it Okay to Show the Super Bowl at Church or Not?

  1. After news of the NFL warning broke out, the league received intense pressure from faith-based legal groups and members of Congress in the days leading up to the Super Bowl and afterward. A top Republican official went as far as to introduce a bill to provide exemption for religious organizations wanting to show professional football games.