I am not a big football fan.
I’m more into watching other kinds of sports, like… oh, the one being played by Hamas and Fatah. Or, Iran and Iraq. But the Colts, the football team from my home town, is in the Super Bowl. That has made me want to watchÂ Sunday’s game even more than normal. Especially since I was going to watch it with a bunch of very good friends at a small Baptist church just a few minutes drive from where I am now. I was looking forward to a good time.
Now, I’m not.
The NFL has scuppered the whole thing because it claims that this little Baptist church is violating the copyright law.
Does this mean thatÂ if a bunch of people get together and watch something that they would have normally watched in their homes… that’s a violation of the NFL copyright?
So, why isn’t the Knights of Columbus violating the NFL copyright?
Why isn’t every bar in Indianapolis violating the same copyright?
Let’s make something clear here. The families getting together to watch the Superbowl have small kids. They can’t take them to a bar to watch the Super Bowl. And there are only just so many families that you can pack into one house, when there are kids involved. And, has anyone ever tried to watch a football game with fifteen kids running around?
Then, let’s add the fact that most of those meeting together at this Baptist church have a theological problem with being a place like a bar. (And, who wants to watch a football game with a bunch of drunks, anyway?)
This copyright excuse is just that. An excuse. The NFL is okay with bars showing the game, but not churches. Is the serving of alcohol, somehow a remedy against the violation of copyright?
Of course not.
So obviously, the NFL has provided a remedy for the bars, but not the churches.
I think that’s interesting, don’t you?
Let me tell you how interesting that is. It’s so interesting that I am going to reverse this on the NFL. If I would have been at the Fallcreek Baptist Church on Sunday, and watched the game, I would have enjoyed the commercials (something that I have professional interest in) and would have undoubtedly been a Little impressed by them.
I’m going to do something different this time. This time, I’m going to watch the game, but I’m going to take note of each product advertised and promise NOT to buy it unless the NFL provides churches (and synagogues, and mosques, and hindu temples) a way to watch the game.
This ‘remedy’ should be something simple, like counting the number of people watching and then giveÂ the NFLÂ a ‘copyright surtax’. Or, maybeÂ churchesÂ couldÂ offer NFL merchandise in the church during the game? Should they give three cheers for the NFL before the game starts?
If they provide a remedy for bars, they must also provide a remedy for churches, or any other religious group. Even the Moonies. (Can’t forget the Moonies.) Otherwise, they are open to the charge of religious discrimination. And THAT is against the law.
Oh, and why am I ‘boycotting’ advertisers’ products? The NFL makes most of its money from the networks that make most of THEIR money from advertising. And, if advertisers see a drop (or a potential drop) in sales because of a wrong-headed attitude by the NFL… Well, the NFL is going to either see the error of its ways, or see a drop in THEIR revenues.
It’s really as simple as that.
So, join me in my attempt to straighten out a bit of foolishness. The NFL needs to see that they are making a foolish mistake, and the only way to do that is to have an impact on their bottom… line.
And, if you won’t be able to catch the game… well, I’ll be posting the list of products advertised on Monday.
Then, we’ll see if the NFL can stop being so stupid.
Now, you can’t have a boycott without letting the boycottee know what you are up to, so here is some contact information for you:
The NFL and CBS
Apparently, The NFL and CBS are closely linked, so much so that if you want to make a complaint, you gotta contact them both:
Here are a couple emails that you should also send your comments to:
Via snail mail:
National Football League
280 Park Ave
New York NY 10017
NFL New Media Group
280 Park Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Also, contact your local CBS television station. You can find your station here:
Those of you in Indianapolis, that means WISH TV:
Jeff White, General Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
WISH-TV Channel 8
1950 N. Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
The Colts and the Bears
Then, let’s not forget to contactÂ teams playingÂ in the Super BowlÂ
Contact the Colts, here: http://www.colts.com/mail.cfm
Contact the Bears, here: http://www.chicagobears.com/fancenter/Contact.asp
Please, let’s make this clear. No one is punishing anyone, anywhere. It’s not about that in any way. This is about helpingÂ certain people understand that they are making a mistake – in a way that helps them understand that mistake.