Super Bowl Parties in Churches

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

When next year's Super Bowl rolls around, people will have a new approved place at which to watch the big game.

Sstarting next year, churches have the NFL's permission to show the Super Bowl on big screen TV's larger than 55-inches provided they don't charge admission to viewers.

The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group based out of Charlottesville, had threatened to sue the League over the restriction that didn't apply to sports bars.

Pastor David Reed, Central United Methodist Church in Staunton, says it's a much safer alternative than to going to a bar.

He says, "It gives an opportunity to provide a healthy environment for watching a game as opposed to some other places that people might choose to go, and it would be an opportunity for church to offer alternative planning for younger children."

Reed says they would not allow alcoholic beverages at the church. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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