Tell your pastor to stop looking over their shoulder, a higher power (Roger Goodell) has decided the NFL will no longer object to live showings -- regardless of screen size -- of the Super Bowl. With the caveat that the event must be free, and held on premises the church uses "on a routine basis", this makes the local ministry and sports bar odd bedfellows enjoying exemption from the NFL's rule against public viewing on screens 55-inches or larger. With more and more churches adding big screens, this could have become a PR nightmare for the NFL, but with HDTVs continuing to grow, we suspect this isn't the last we've heard about this issue.

[Via ESPN; warning, registration required]

Update: Check out the senator's press release concerning the letter received from Commissioner Goodell (Thanks Taylor!).