The NFL's lawyers have told the church in no uncertain terms to call off the party:
NFL officials spotted a promotion of Fall Creek's "Super Bowl Bash" on the church Web site last week and sent pastor John D. Newland a letter -- via FedEx overnight -- demanding the party be canceled.
Initially, the league objected to the church's plan to charge partygoers a fee to attend and that the church used the license-protected words "Super Bowl" in its promotions.
Newland told the NFL his church would not charge partygoers -- the fee had been intended only to pay for snacks -- and that it would drop the use of the forbidden words.
But the NFL wouldn't bite. It objected to the church's plans to use a projector to show the game on what effectively was a 12-foot-wide screen. It said the law limits the church to one TV no bigger than 55 inches.
I realize I'm about to come across like a callous jerk by siding with the corporate suits at the NFL over some nice churchgoing folk, but you know what? I think the NFL is right here. The league owns the rights to its product, and it has the right to control how its product is presented. Gatherings like this aren't counted in the Nielsen ratings, and Nielsen ratings are the lifeblood of the NFL. Falls Creek Baptist Church meant no harm, of course, but I don't blame the NFL a bit.