While the idea of getting a bunch of friends together to watch the Super Bowl seems like harmless fun, it actually opens you up to lawsuits if you’re not careful.
Here a few things to keep in mind before you open your doors:
The NFL has been cracking down on larger gatherings – even at churches – that promote their party as a “Super Bowl” party. Those two words – Super Bowl – are trademarked by the NFL and the league is very serious about protecting them.
If your gathering is smaller, keep in mind that you are responsible for any food or drink you make available to guests. If anyone gets sick or hurt, you could be on the hook.
Stay off the NFL’s radar if you’re throwing a huge bash by not calling it a “Super Bowl” party.
Make sure all your food is prepared properly, so nobody gets sick. And …
Serve booze in a controlled manner and keep an eye on anyone planning to drive home. It may also be a good idea to have a spare couch or the number for a cab service handy.