NFL says if Eagles go to the Super Bowl, fans can't watch the game at the Linc. Why not?

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 10:39:08 AM. The $512 million Linc was built with $256 million from Pennsylvania taxpayers, yet most of them can't afford to step inside Philly's shrine to the Birds. It's time the masses got to see what they've been missing.
Vegas odds-makers are giving the Eagles a better-and-better shot of going to the Super Bowl this season. I’m already making party plans in case that happens. And I already know where I want to celebrate. At the Linc, with 69,175 other fans. How much crazy fun would it be to watch the Super Bowl on the Linc’s fantastic 27-by-96-foot, Panasonic LED video screens with fans – jacked on hope and Schmitters – roaring loud enough to rattle molars in Delco? But we’re gonna have to persuade the National Football League to let us host a Super Bowl Watch Party at the Linc if the Birds get to the big game. Here’s why: The league owns the broadcast rights to all NFL games and has a long-standing policy of forbidding “the mass, out-of-home viewing of preseason, regular-season, and postseason games,” explained NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. Allowing mass viewing – whether at Lincoln Financial Field or a movie theater – would screw up the Nielsen-ratings system used to determine game viewership, he said. Those numbers determine how much the networks, which buy broadcast rights, can charge advertisers for commercials. Which determines how much the networks are willing to pay for the broadcast rights. Which determines how much team owners will bank. Bars and restaurants would suffer from mass stadium viewing, too, he said, since they do big business on Super Bowl Sunday. “If you allow mass viewership, anywhere from 300,000 to 400,000 people across the country would not use the bars and...Read more
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