Rules for hosting Olympics public-viewing events in local bars?
September 1, 2013 10:11 AM Subscribe
When the Olympics come around, often bars will host viewing events. Are there official rules for how to make this happen? Can any bar with a TV host network viewing or stream from online? Can the bar or organizer publicize it as an Olympics viewing event? Can the organizers broadcast the games and overlay their own commentary?
posted by fallacy of the beard to law & government (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am queer and live in San Francisco, and I do not favor boycotting the Olympics, but rather making this Olympics as queer as possible. Despite the dangers involved, I'm hoping the games will include shows of protest by courageous athletes and attendees with a worldwide audience and that it will be an opportunity to call attention to Russian anti-gay thuggery.
Though I can't afford to go to the games, I'd like to make a local effort to queer the Olympics. I'm wondering if it is possible to organize Olympics viewing events at a local gay bar and publicize them as queer Olympics events. Are there guidelines for this kind of thing? (For instance, I imagine one can't publicize the event using official Olympics logos.) Can broadcasts be edited for the sake of a customized wrap-up show (or an existing wrap-up show on TV be broadcast but replacing the commentary by a couple talented drag queens)? Could such an event include parody sponsorship ads and theme drag shows? An opening ceremony featuring bears and leather?
I know people who organize events and theme nights at some of the local bars. I'd like to propose an event like this, but I'd like to be able to point to specific regulations, where they exist, as the Olympics people are renowned for being litigious and threatening.