The NFL Wants Fans To Believe These Things Are Illegal

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Don't worry about doing these things tonight at the Super Bowl...oh wait...did he just say, "Super Bowl?"

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The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events of the year. With all the money that goes into advertising, it's no wonder many people think there a ton of NFL trademark and copyright issues. However, none of these can actually get you into trouble, even if the NFL wants you to think so:

Saying the words "Super Bowl":

You might have noticed that in all those ads, the Super Bowl is referred to as every other thing besides the Super Bowl. Maybe you've heard commercials say "The Big Game" to avoid any NFL terminology. 

Turns out, you, your friends and any commercial advertising this "huge event" can say "Super Bowl." The reason they don't is to be extra cautious, but only because it's obvious that "The Big Game" is what it is.

Recording the game:

The NFL can not prohibit you from recording the game and watching it later or using it for some other purpose (within limitations, of course). 

At the beginning of every game, you might see the disclaimer telling you that the Super Bowl is the property of the NFL and you can't "telecast" without the NFL's consent. 

Well, that's just not true.

You can record the game, and no one can do much about it. Actually,  some people have tried to have the disclaimer for years because it really misleads viewers about what they can and cannot do, but since 1984, it's been legal.

With the NFL appearing in the media time and time again for everything from dog fights, to domestic violence, to murder charges and 'deflated footballs', one would wonder how anyone else could break the law by something so little. But, there are reasons why people once thought these things would have been illegal by the NFL. 

So today when you're watching the game, make sure to refer to it as the "Super Bowl" as many times as possible, and record it on as many devices as you can!