Advice on Church Super Bowl Parties

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Churches across the country often use the Super Bowl to reach out to their community.

But the National Football League has some strict legal requirements about the televised game and has even threatened to shut down church parties in the past.

One Texas law firm is offering advice to help churches avoid any problems. The Church Law Group said the NFL has only two requirements.

First, churches can't bring in rental audio-visual equipment. They must show the game on equipment that's regularly used for worship.

Secondly, churches cannot charge admission. They are, however, allowed to take up an offering to defray party expenses.

Just to be on the safe side, the attorneys recommend churches avoid using the words "Super Bowl" to advertise the event. They suggest using a phrase like "the big game" instead.

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