“NFL rules prohibit us from using the Georgia Dome for broadcasting the game,” the statement said in part. “We share your tremendous excitement that the Atlanta Falcons are headed to the Super Bowl. NFL rules prohibit us from using the Georgia Dome for broadcasting the game. Fans wishing to gather with other fans to watch the game can consider patronizing neighborhood businesses who will be showing the game.” — Georgia Dome statement
I should preface by saying I’ve never understood the people that would go to a stadium to watch a game on the jumbotron. Probably the 1200th time I’ve said this, but football’s the ultimate TV, at-home sport. Even watching at a restaurant/bar’s too much. It’s made to sit on your couch with some disgustingly unhealthy dish, and watch the game. Not in stadium chairs tilting your head up at a jumbotron for 4 hours.
But that’s beside the point. There’s no reason for the NFL to ban this. Other than that they want those 50,000 people at home, with their TVs on, to up their ratings so they can sell higher priced-ads next year. Granted, I’m not even sure that’s how TV ratings work. If that’s how they work, it would seem like the most likely reasoning by the NFL. Sad!