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									Is My Super Bowl Party Illegal? How to watch the game
without breaking the law.
By Daniel EngberPosted Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at 7:12 PM ET

A Baptist congregation in Indiana plans to cancel its Super Bowl party this weekend, after receiving a
threatening letter from the National Football League. NFL officials say the church would have broken the law
by charging an admission fee and by screening the game on a TV that exceeds 55 inches. On Thursday, Slate's
Josh Levin promised to host a Super Bowl party with his new, gigantic television. Will he get in trouble, too?

No. The 55-inch limit cited by the NFL applies only to public showings of the Super Bowl, not private
gatherings. According to U.S. copyright law, Josh is in the clear so long as he doesn't take his gigantic TV to a
public place, or invite "a substantial number of persons" to his house—more than a normal circle of family and
social acquaintances. If he sticks to those rules, his Super Bowl party will be a private display and won't
infringe on the rights of the NFL, no matter how big his television. (Since he's hosting a private event, he could
even get away with charging his guests admission.)


FL warns of fake Super Bowl tickets
Chris Togneri can be reached via e-mail or at 412-380-5632. -- Steelers vs. Cardinals

TAMPA — Check your Super Bowl tickets, Steeler Nation: They might be fake.

Every year, about 200 people get scammed when buying Super Bowl tickets. This year, local and national law
enforcement agencies and National Football League officials expect more of the same.

"Counterfeiters are getting more sophisticated every year," NFL Senior Counsel Anastasia Danias said today
during a press conference. "If you're a fan, you may not be able to tell the difference. So be very careful. Even if
your ticket looks real, it may be counterfeit."


Law Enforcement Gets Into Gear For Super Bowl
By VALERIE KALFRIN | The Tampa Tribune - Published: January 22, 2009

TAMPA - From dogs and Segways to helicopters and armored personnel carriers, law enforcement officials
have assembled a smorgasbord of equipment and personnel to protect those attending the Feb. 1 Super Bowl.

Local, state and federal agencies showed off some of their gear for reporters today at the headquarters for the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, across North Himes Avenue from Raymond James Stadium.

"We need to make sure everyone knows they'll be safe when they come to this Super Bowl," said Tampa police
Maj. Marc Hamlin, who helped organize the contingent.

Tampa police officers displayed an amphibious tank, a tactical hostage-negotiation command vehicle and
bomb-squad gear, including a spherical Total Containment Vessel, in which explosives can detonate safely.
Super Bowl betting spotlights silly laws
Plain Talk by Al Neuharth, USA TODAY founder

More than half of all adults across the USA, about 112 million of us, will bet on the Super Bowl this weekend.
Most of the wagers will be illegal. Estimates from noted USA TODAY sports analyst and oddsmaker Danny
Sheridan:

       More than $8 billion will be bet, most with back-street bookies, offshore, on the Internet, all illegal.
       Only between $90 million and $100 million will be bet legally in Nevada.

Laws against betting today are as silly as was the ban on booze before Prohibition ended with the 21st
Amendment in 1933.


Warning: Super Bowl pools are illegal
By TERRY TALBERT Staff writer

The Super Bowl pitting the Arizona Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Steelers is fast approaching, and with it
comes a word of warning: Super Bowl betting pools are illegal. Period.

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement enforces gambling laws at fraternal
organizations, clubs, taverns and other places that sell alcohol.

Sgt. Mark Crossan, commander of the District 3 office that covers a nine-county area including Franklin
County, said Friday that under state law Super Bowl pools are not permitted.

"They are not legal even if those running the pool are paying out all the money," he said.

In other words, the "house" does not have to profit for the wagering to be illegal.

Crossan said the law applies both to places licensed to sell liquor, and to office or in-home Super Bowl pools.

"Technically they're all illegal, but most DAs (District Attorneys), if it's a private thing in your house, won't get
involved," he said.

People tempted to run a pool on this year's Super Bowl might think twice if they consider the maximum
penalty.

Crossan said pool/bookmaking charges are misdemeanors in the first degree that carry maximum penalties of
five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.


Illinois - DUI Campaign on Super Bowl Sunday
By admin • Jan 29th, 2009 • Category: DUI / Sobriety Checkpoints, Lead Story

IDOT and ISP remind football fans to designate a sober driver before the party begins

Springfield– The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) officials
announced details today about the You Drink & Drive. You Lose campaign in an effort to prevent impaired
driving around the Super Bowl. They are also reminding fans of the new law that requires a Breath Alcohol
Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) be installed for first-time DUI offenders.

“Impaired driving remains one of the most severe epidemics plaguing our society today,” said IDOT Secretary
Milton R. Sees. “With the BAIID law in effect and law enforcement out in full force Super Bowl Sunday, we
hope to drive the number of crashes involving alcohol to a new low


INTERNET LAW - Online Casinos Will Experience Cyber-
Extortion During SuperBowl Betting
Kelly O'Connell, IBLS Editor Monday, January 28, 2008

  Online casinos nearing one of their biggest paydays of the year on the eve of SuperBowl XLII must also await anxiously
  to see whether their site will be one of the many hit by a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS), meant not just to
  disable, but also reap financial gains for the cyber-criminals who initiate them. The assaults are invariably accompanied
  by an email note that reads something like, "Your site is under an attack and will be for this entire weekend. You have a
  flaw in your network that allows this to take place. You can ignore this email and try to keep your site up, which will cost
  you tens of thousands of dollars in lost wagers and customers, or you can send us $40k by Western Union to make sure
  that your site experiences no problems." This latter was an actual threat accompanying such an attack. The extortionists
  will also claim that such a payoff will also provide the website "insurance" for a period of some months against future
threats. There may be as many as 10,000 such DDoS incursions a day, globally, according to Bankrate.com.

These criminal hackers typically block access to a website by the DDoS assault which is launched for one reason only --
to extract a ransom. Most online betters are unaware that the global $15-billion-a-year online gambling industry is,
according to a recent report, "regularly held for ransom by sophisticated hackers and organized criminals." Amazingly,
these attacks not only often have a Mafia connection, but are also colored by political and ideological commitments, and
spread out transnationally, according to the British Internet security firm, mi2g Intelligence Unit.


Super Bowl XLII & the Law: Let the Tailgating Begin!
                                Posted by Peter Lattman

                                Yeah, yeah, yeah, Microsoft made an audacious bid for Yahoo and the job data has
                                boosted recession odds, but all we care about today is Super Bowl XLII. Let the
                                tailgating begin! Here are three legal angles in the morning papers:

       Trademarks!: Remember when Pat Riley filed paperwork to register “three-peat” as a trademark or when
        Dennis Green and his mustachioed lawyer did the same for “They are who we thought they were“? While we
        found those amusing, we’re nauseated by the Patriots’s chutzpah. To the ire of Giants fans everywhere, the
        Patriots have filed a registration to trademark “19-0″ and “19-0 The Perfect season.” We salute the New York
        Post, which spent $375 for its own trademark application yesterday — on 18-1. Go Gints!
       Copyrights!: The WaPo reports on the ever-vigilant NFL’s efforts to crackdown on big-screen Super Bowl
        shindigs at churches. The league insists that airing games at churches on large-screen TV sets — or those larger
        than 55 inches — violates the NFL copyright. You know the drill: “This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL for the
        private use of our audience. Any other use of this telecast or any pictures, descriptions, or accounts of the game
        without the NFL’s consent is prohibited.”

        Said an executive pastor at a church: “There is a part of me that says, ‘Gee, doesn’t the NFL have
        enough money already? It just doesn’t make sense.” Another civil liberties expert called the law
        outdated. “It’s ridiculous . . . You can go into these stores now and buy 100-inch screens.” Go Big Blue!

       Counterfeits!: The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are on the ground in Glendale cracking down
        on the sale of counterfeit merchandise, conducting raids on dealers who descend upon the Super Bowl to hawk
        their goods. They’ve already seized about $140,000 worth of goods, according to the NYT. “A significant number
         of professional counterfeiters come into the host city every year,” Anastasia Danias, a lawyer for the NFL — and
         Hughes Hubbard alumnus — told the Times. They come, she said, “hoping to make a quick buck off fans’
         enthusiasm for the game.” Osi for President!

We’ve been hearing rumors of Big Law offices with New York and Boston outposts mixing it up, so we’ll have
more on that later. But are there any other legal angles we’re missing, O Beloved Law Blog football fans and
readers?

Don't Use "Super Bowl" in an Ad Without Permission - But How
About in Other Programming?
The term "Super Bowl" is a trademark owned by the National Football League, and it is protected very
aggressively. What does that mean? The biggest no-no of all is to use the term "Super Bowl" in any
advertising or promotional announcements that are not sanctioned by the NFL. This prohibition includes
sweepstakes and contests as well. Advertisers pay high licensing fees to the NFL for the right to use the term
"Super Bowl" in their advertising. You will almost certainly hear from the NFL's attorneys if you use the term
in advertising without explicit authorization from the NFL. So no "Super Bowl sales" in your ads - and don't
refer to your station as the "Super Bowl Authority" in your promotional statements. These restrictions explain
why you often hear it referred to as "The Big Game." But this restriction does not mean you cannot utter the
words on air under any circumstances.


No credible terror threats seen for Super Bowl
By EILEEN SULLIVAN and MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writers Eileen Sullivan And Mitch Stacy,
Associated Press Writers – Wed Jan 14, 5:32 pm ET
AP – Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin answers questions during a media availability at the football
team's …

TAMPA, Fla. – A U.S. intelligence report says there is no credible threat of terrorist attacks at the Feb. 1 Super
Bowl, but police said Wednesday that visitors should still expect the type of heavy security typical of every
Super Bowl since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

While no specific threat was identified, a joint FBI and Homeland Security intelligence assessment obtained by
The Associated Press cautions that Raymond James Stadium, the Super Bowl site, does not have the typical
security features of permanently secure buildings, such as jails or military bases.

However, the report noted, "the visible presence of hundreds of well-equipped security officers, standoff
barriers and other security measures likely will serve as deterrents to attack."


Super Bowl ticket sellers skirt scalper law
January 29, 1999Web posted at: 1:18 p.m. EST (1818 GMT)


MIAMI (CNN) -- The cheapest Super Bowl ticket has a $325 face value.

They're going for thousands of dollars more, of course, but under Florida law that’s not necessarily scalping.
At Super Bowl, former state police commissioner will watch fans, not
game
by CHARLES THOMPSON, Of The Patriot-News

Saturday January 24, 2009, 11:19 PM
CHRIS O'MEARA, The Associated PressRaymond James Stadium, in Tampa, Fla., will host its fourth Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

Jeff Miller had no worries about getting a ticket to the Super Bowl.

Miller will be in Tampa, Fla., to see the Pittsburgh Steelers battle the Arizona Cardinals, but he won't be
relaxing. A former Pennsylvania State Police commissioner, Miller is the National Football League's new
director of strategic security.

He's responsible for making sure the biggest news coming from the game is the final score.

MICHAEL FERNANDEZ, The Patriot-NewsJeff Miller, the former state police commissioner, is now the National Football
League's director of strategic security.

Miller left the state police in July to take the NFL job. He will play a leading role in coordinating stadium
security for the Super Bowl.

That means reviewing stadium security plans with local law enforcement and stadium operations officials and
tweaking them to reflect the demands of the biggest spectacle in American sports.

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CBP, National Guard Announce Super Bowl Flight Restrictions - CBP.gov
Jan 30, 2008 ... “Additional CBP A & M aircraft will provide added law enforcement air support


Judge's Super Bowl Cheer Pre-empts Manslaughter Sentencing
The Associated Press         February 7, 2006
A judge overseeing a manslaughter case embarrassed prosecutors and upset the victim's family when she called
for a Super Bowl cheer for the Seattle Seahawks before the start of the sentencing hearing.

As Judge Beverly G. Grant took the bench Friday, she asked everyone in court to say "Go Seahawks."
Dissatisfied with the low volume of the response, she told them to try again.

Only then did she hear statements from prosecutors, defense lawyers and relatives of the slain Tino Patricelli, as
well as an apology from defendant Steve Keo Teang, before resentencing Teang to 13 1/2 years in prison.

"The tension was very high, and I thought it would be a way of people just thinking of something else and
releasing it," Grant said afterward. "It was a diversion tactic to bring unison in the group."


Credit Financing: Buy Now Pay Later (Superbowl Edition)
By Susanne Robicsek, North Carolina Bankruptcy Attorney on Feb 3, 2008 in Personal Finance

Financing purchases on credit cards can lead to financial ruin, but some deals are worse than others. “Buy Now
- Pay Later” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to disguised sales from a rent to own company. A
sense of urgency can cause people to make some bad decisions, and on Superbowl Sunday, it seems appropriate
to remind sports fans of the cost of being a sports fan who wants a nice TV now.

Of course, this applies to anyone who feels that they need something right away. Rent to own companies tend to
rent/sell items that are used daily, are a part of peoples’ everyday lives, and are really hard to do without. In a
fraction of the time it would take to pay off the rented item, if you can put off a purchase for a few months you
could save up and pay cash for the same item, or keep saving for a much nicer one.

It may seem impossible to go without a nice TV - or a sofa, bed, table or a washer / dryer - but it isn’t. It is
terribly inconvenient to be without some items, but most of these are no..

The CBS Janet Jackson Super Bowl Halftime Wardrobe Malfunction Fine, an
FCC Brain Malfunction
R. Sebastian Gibson

Provided by Law Firm of R. Sebastian Gibson

The author examines the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction fine and the FCC brain
malfunction in this article. As the author notes, the FCC fine has been overturned and the case remanded to the FCC
with severe limitations on future actions by the FCC to chill free speech and broadcasters.

In 2004 as people watched with great interest the Super Bowl halftime show in towns across America, unless they taped
the game, they missed a split second of exposed skin by Janet Jackson.




The Super Bowl III Problem: A review of the development of the property right in live professional sports
broadcasts and a practical application of copyright law to an infringement action for the unauthorized
reproduction and distribution of a taped broadcast of Super Bowl III
by Chris Garmire
Tampa Police Launch Super Bowl Sex Crime Sweep Tampa police arrest suspect during Monday's Super
Bowl sex sting Last Edited: Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009, 11:10 AM EST Created: Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009, 11:10 AM
EST By WARREN ELLY
FOX 13 News / MyFoxTampaBayTAMPA, Fla. --

With thousands of people heading to the Bay Area for the Super Bowl, law enforcement agencies are cracking
down on criminal activity. The Tampa Police Department has launched a Super Bowl sex crime sweep (video:
MyFoxTampBay).

"The sun rises in the east, and hookers come into town during Super Bowl," said Capt. Bret Bartlett.

He says the main difference since the last time Tampa hosted the Super Bowl is the internet. Super Bowl escort
ads are all over the world wide web, with tag lines like, "Hello Tampa, I just got in town" and another site
offering "Super Bowl specials." Bartlett says the extra advertising only makes things worse.

"You can go to Craig's List right now and get somebody to fix a roof and [also] find out where hookers will be
here in Tampa," he said.


              Super Bowl - Domestic Violence Day? Article from:
              The Washington Post Article date:February 13, 1993

Bravo to Ken Ringle for redeeming the profession of journalism by puncturing the sensationally false and
widely accepted report that male fans would be battering women at a 40 percent higher clip on Super Bowl
Sunday {"Debunking the `Day of Dread' for Women," front page, Jan. 31}. Mr. Ringle did what the journalists
who spread this Big Lie should have done: He checked the sources.

Mr. Ringle had better be prepared for some rough treatment now that he has shown up the "America is a
patriarchal rape culture" crowd.

Domestic violence is a pathology of intimacy. There's a lot of it in this country, but it is not limited to men
beating up women: Gay men and lesbians batter the weaker partner at ...

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