NFL's big-screen concession

The Baltimore Sun

You've got to hand it to the NFL. Just when things start getting dicey -- like when a U.S. senator starts nosing around its business -- the league pulls a PR rabbit out of its hat.

As many fans know, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has pressed the league and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, on the handling of the New England Patriots' "Spygate" scandal, making noise about using federal resources to get to the bottom of any further illicit espionage going on in the league.

Coincidentally yesterday, the NFL sent a letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah informing him that it's lifting its ban on the use of mega-screen TVs by churches to show the Super Bowl in church facilities. The gatherings still have to be free and in customary church facilities.

Before the Patriots-New York Giants Super Bowl earlier this month, the NFL caught flak from church groups and politicians (including Specter) for its strict enforcement of copyright rules that banned church groups from using larger than 55-inch TVs for presentations of the big game.

Seems like the league has a new Roger the Dodger.

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