In response to Mr. Fulton, I have to ask: How can such an obvious example of pushing around "the little guy" be defended? I understand the importance of copyright laws and such, but I do not understand how that is applicable here. I cannot find anything close to evidence supporting that any law was (or would have been) broken, not Mr. Fulton's letter nor the NFL (at least as presented in the "Roughing the Fans" editorial.)
The fact of the matter is, if I want to invite a group of people together to watch, well, anything at all, then I will do so. If I provide snacks and such, I find it in my right to ask if maybe people want to donate some money to cover the snacks (this is not admission for the event, as that would, in fact, be illegal, if we are watching something copyrighted). And with my event, if I want to promote any message at all ("Before the game starts, I just want to say that everyone should eat X brand of cereal"), then I'm going to do that, too.