[size=12pt]NFL punts: Churches can show Super Bowl telecast[/size]
By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune
Last update: February 21, 2008 - 12:28 PM

After churches in Minnesota and elsewhere in the nation were warned by the NFL about showing the Super Bowl telecast to gatherings, the league has relented and will allow religious organizations to display the telecast under certain circumstances, a U.S. senator said.

The league's reversal comes after it received a letter last week from Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Hatch said he was responding to reports that the NFL had challenged the church screenings.

"I am grateful that this accommodation was made to allow the NFL to protect its copyrighted material, while respecting the interests of churches," Hatch said in a news release Wednesday.

In a written response to Hatch, the NFL said it will no longer object to live showings - regardless of screen size - of the Super Bowl by a religious organization when such showings are free and on premises used by the religious organization on a routine and customary basis.