BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Following the Bills vs Jets game on last Thursday night, the Transit Drive-In Theater received a cease and desist order from the legal department of the National Football League.
The drive-in theater is a favorite among Buffalo Bills fans who cherish the opportunity to see their favorite team on the road on one of the biggest screens around. However they no longer will be allowed to show Bills games.
The NFL’s legal department got wind of the drive-in’s popular event, and put its foot down, threatening legal action if the theater does not comply.
In order to show a NFL game outside of a home-setting, there can be no admission fee charged, the organization must be engaged in the business of showing regular and daily sports programming to patrons, and perhaps most importantly — it has to be shown on a screen like one a person would watch on in a home.
The NFL said the theater’s showings of the football games were explicitly against the league’s rules.
Officials at the Transit Drive-In say they don’t agree with the NFL’s decision, however they will abide by the demands to avoid legal action.
“We also do not profit financially from showing the football games, as we do not charge an admission fee, and have donated all of the snack bar proceeds to local charity. We showed the Bills games because many fans asked us to; it was a fun event to do for the community and we were able to raise some money for charity,” officials wrote in a Facebook post.
The Transit Drive-In has requested the NFL to allow them permission to show games at their theater due to the charitable nature of the event, however the NFL has yet to respond.