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Matt Smoluk

​Is Your Big-Screen "Big Game" Party Legal?

     With the 51st "Big Game" coming up on February 5th, many Americans will be hosting or attending viewing parties. Your game day checklist may include beer, junk food, a giant 60-inch 4K LED TV, that great sounding 5.1 surround sound system, and a cease-and-desist letter from the league? Well, maybe.      Several years ago, the league sent a cease-and-desist letter to an Indiana church that had planned to broadcast the "Big Game" on a large TV and charge an attendance fee. In the letter to the church, the league stated that it was a violation of copyright law to display "The Biggest Event in Pro Football" to a public gathering on a screen larger than 55 inches diagonally. The controversial order caused the league to back down a...
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