I just received this note from the NFL – responding to the one I sent them last Christmas:
Dear Mr. Parkinson,
The National Football League has absolutely no objection to churches and others hosting Super Bowl viewing parties as long as they do not charge admission and that the game is shown in a television of the type commonly used at home.
We are simply following copyright law and have done so consistently with regard to hotels, theaters, museums, schools, arenas and other such venues.
This is nothing new. It is a matter of longstanding policy and the law.
We have no rules that relate to viewing at home on any type of television.
NFL Public Relations
I appreciate them getting back to me. I also note that they did not address the substance of my comments to them, concerning the way their regulations were applied to churches during the last Super Bowl.