FOX Hates Cool People In Hawaii

Friday, December 21, 2007

Hawaii has a pretty rabid fan base and a few good people are, or rather were planning to actually leave their homes and attend a Sugar Bowl party. Sounds fun right? Mai Tais and all??? Well FOX has put a halt to the good times. Via the Honolulu Advertiser via SbB...

Fox Sports said it has already "put a stop to one" Sugar Bowl viewing party in Hawai'i where admission was to be charged and will continue to "discourage" the practice as the game approaches.

"We want as many people as possible to watch the Sugar Bowl, it is just the instances where viewing parties are advertised using the logo and marks of the schools and admission is being charged that we want to discourage," said Dan Bell, a Fox spokesman. Bell said, "our business affairs division has already put a stop to one of these." He would not name operators.

Creations in Catering's "Sugar Bowl 2008" at the Dole Ballrooms will change its name to what sales manager Aaron Haynes said will be a "more generic" title, eliminate the use of school logos and not charge an entry fee so as not to conflict with Fox's dictates after the network sent several cease and desist notices.
The damn man is always trying to keep my good Rainbow fans down. Hang loose Hawaii and don't let the bastards drag you down.

Fox takes issue with Bowl parties (Honolulu Advertiser)
Fox to UH Fans: Take Your Tiki Bar And Shove It (Sports by Brooks)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:21 PM


Who do they think they are, the NFL?!?

Lou Pickney said...
Dec 21, 2007, 5:12:00 PM  

I miss where FOX is the bad guy in sounds like you can still have the party...just don't charge admission...FREE parties are even better!!!!

Anonymous said...
Dec 21, 2007, 5:45:00 PM  

"COME SEE some event FEATURING two teams!"

At least it wasn't a church. thats who the NFL likes going after in these situations.

odessasteps said...
Dec 21, 2007, 6:46:00 PM  

Hawaii changed their name to the "Warriors", not the Rainbows.

Anonymous said...
Dec 21, 2007, 6:51:00 PM  

Anon #1- I see your point

Anon #2- I had NO IDEA?!?! You're kidding me!

Dec 21, 2007, 7:03:00 PM  

I'm suprised they didnt realize you cant charge an entrance fee to watch a televised sporting event. It's part of the expanded copyright act that prevents all those You Tube videos. Nothing says they cant charge for the drinks and the food though, this is how every sports bar in america works.

Steve said...
Dec 21, 2007, 7:15:00 PM  

So, does this mean that bars and restaurants that show games on their big screens can't charge for drinks and food?

Bruce said...
Dec 21, 2007, 7:33:00 PM  

the quote clearly explains it people.
don't use the school logos or Fox's, don't use the words 'Sugar Bowl' -- those are the things FOX is paying for themselves and they don't want others mooching and benefitting off their right fee.
anon #1 spelled it out clearly.
FOX is doing a GOOD thing -- NOT keeping the good Rainbow fans down.
How someone is seeing that is beyond me.

Anonymous said...
Dec 22, 2007, 12:40:00 AM  

To answer Bruce's question, no. What Fox is targeting is locations where there are cover charges and an implied endorsement by one or more of the teams or by the league.

I also hate the restrictions, but I understand them as well. Fox has paid a rights fee to the BCS committee in order to show the games. The only way to get that money back is to have the highest ratings possible. Bars, restaurants, and other outside facilities are not counted in the ratings. They also see admission/cover charges as a double whammy as this is more money that the network does not receive.

Thanks for your patience as I explained that to you.

Desmond said...
Dec 26, 2007, 1:07:00 PM  

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