Can a store legally broadcast an NFL game over the PA system while the game is being played?

Asked on October 9, 2011 under Business Law, Pennsylvania


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

In most instances a store can legally broadcast a National Football Game over its in in house system that is being played and broadcasted over the radio if the broadcast is part of the normal radio transmission one of the teams that is playing.

Sometimes a store also pays a licensing fee to be allowed to broadcast games over its in house system. This is different than a situation where a store that sells televisions has a game playing for its customers to view. In such a situation where a National Football League game is being televised over the air, its transmission is allowed to be played in various stores at no cost to the store. For example, many sports bars play games for its customers to view as part of its business.

If you have a particular question of this particular business that is broadcasting an National Foorball League game, perhaps you might want to speak personally with the owner as to how he or she is allowed to do this.




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