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NFL Targets Casinos’ Game-day Gatherings
Some of this city’s biggest hotel-casinos are canceling Super Bowl
parties and handing out refunds to thousands of guests after the
National Football League threatened legal action against those who
broadcast the big game on big-screen TVs.
Several hotels last week received letters informing them that their
parties were "unauthorized use of NFL intellectual property."
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league recently became aware of
the large-scale parties in Las Vegas and elsewhere.
"These establishments were attempting to charge admission for
something we are offering for free, and we believe that’s a violation of
a long-standing NFL policy that specifically prohibits mass out-of-home
broadcasts," he said.
In determining whether an event violated the NFL’s copyrights, the
league considered the location’s size, whether TV screens were larger
than 55 inches and whether people had to pay.
Some hotels have scrapped party plans entirely, while others are
scrambling to accommodate an estimated 274,000 visitors in Las Vegas for
"As far as I’m concerned, the NFL is full of soup," Mayor Oscar
Goodman said. "I would tell them to go shove it."
A Super Bowl party inside a movie theater at the Palms was scrapped
after the hotel received a letter from the league Jan. 23. The off-Strip
hotel rented dozens of smaller TVs that will be set up in a hotel
ballroom, and the beer and hot dogs will be free.
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