Super Bowl 50 watch parties face NFL restrictions

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) One could expect there to be lots of Super Bowl viewing options in a city where the home team is playing for the title. However, options are mostly limited to traditional bars and restaurants, or home gatherings.a big business and they have everything trademarked and you got to respect that, said Tim Hauser, Regional Director for the Southend Station, which is home to bars and restaurants like All American Pub.learned to work within those rules, not just with the Panthers, but the NFL, said Hauser. All American Pub has been packed for every Panthers game, and Hauser said Super Bowl Sunday will be no exception.Showing football games is part of their regular business, which aligns with NFL policy.When asked about large viewing parties sponsored by the city, Moira Quinn with Charlotte Center City Partners said about the NFL, rules are their rules. We can do nothing but comply. said the NFL policy restricts screen size and which establishments can broadcast televised feeds of the game.The Visulite Theatre in the Elizabeth neighborhood is hosting a watch party. on Super Bowl Sunday with no cover charge. The theatre has hosted other watch parties in the past.However, the Cinebarre movie theater at the Arboretum in south Charlotte is not hosting a watch party as it has in years past.Some local churches also told WBTV they have small groups gathering at homes, but they are not hosting large watch parties in their houses of worship. However, under NFL terms, they would be allowed to do so as long as the religious group doesn charge an admission price.NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy provided WBTV with this statement:Religious organizations can hold parties at their facilities. Venues that do not televise sporting events on a daily basis (theater, convention center or an establishment that would have to bring in large televisions) would not be able to show the game.McCarthy added that it has been the policy for decades.Pine Belt natives spend Labor Day in Paul B. Johnson State ParkPine Belt natives spend Labor Day in Paul B. Johnson State ParkUpdated: Monday, September 5 2016 8:06 PM EDT2016 09 06 00:06:57 GMTphoto credit: WDAMHundreds of people took a trip to Paul B. Johnson State Park to spend their Labor Day weekend.More >>Hundreds of people took a trip to Paul B. Johnson State Park to spend their Labor Day weekend.More >>Photo credit: Southern CompanySouthern Company (NYSE: SO) and Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) today announced the closing of their natural gas pipeline venture through Southern Company’s acquisition of a 50 percent equity interest in the Southern Natural Gas (SNG) pipeline system through a subsidiary of Southern Company Gas. As previously announced, Kinder Morgan will continue to operate the system and the companies are pursuing specific growth opportunities to develop.More >>Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) today announced the closing of their natural gas pipeline venture through Southern Company’s acquisition of a 50 percent equity interest in the Southern Natural Gas (SNG) pipeline system through a subsidiary of Southern Company Gas. As previously announced, Kinder Morgan will continue to operate the system and the companies are pursuing specific growth opportunities to develop.More >>Hopson calls Kentucky game ‘special’Hopson calls Kentucky game ‘special’Updated: Monday, September 5 2016 6:45 PM EDT2016 09 05 22:45:00 GMT