The Super Bowl has become a national American holiday, and millions of Americans celebrate each year by watching the action on the field, the commercials in between and their waist lines slowly expand throughout. But unlike most other national holidays, hosting a party for this one could leave you getting sued by the NFL or even your friends.
In a recent interview with CopyrightSolver, an NFL spokesperson made the finer points of the league’s policy clear: churches must host the parties in their usual places of worship, not rented spaces, and they cannot charge admission. Furthermore, while NFL marks like “Super Bowl” and the team names can be used, any league-related logos are out of the question according to Forbes.
Of course those church-hosted viewing parties can often have hundreds of people show up, so inviting a dozen friends to hang out in your living room this Sunday won’t likely attract the NFL’s attention.
But even if the NFL gives your party a pass, there is still a real risk for lawsuits that accompanies the decision to host a party where food or alcohol is served. Party hosts are responsible for any food or drink made available to guests, even if the refreshments are delivered by an outside source. Any subsequent food poisoning or drunk driving accident could leave the party host in court.
So if you’re having people over for the big game this weekend, be sure to handle food carefully or use a reputable outlet if outsourcing the night’s meals. If serving alcohol, do so in a controlled manner and keep an especially close eye on anyone planning to drive home. It may also be a good idea to have a spare couch or the number for a cab service handy.
And if you’ve got all of that checked off with time to spare, be sure to sign the White House petition to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday.
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