Cashing in on the Sports Crowd at your Restaurant

Jan 31, 2013

It’s almost here — February 3rd marks Super Bowl XLVII! Most Americans will undoubtedly be tuned into the game, watching in their fan-gear with friends at home or at their favorite eateries. As a bar, pub, or restaurant owner, game days like these can prove to be very profitable if you broadcast them to allow patrons to watch. But there are a few things you need to take note before you proceed to show NFL, NBA or any other sports games at your restaurant.

Sports bar in New Orleans | Image Credit: Flickr by roundnoon
Sports bar in New Orleans | Image Credit: Flickr by roundnoon


All sports leagues like NFL, NHL, or NBA have specific rules regarding copyrights and showing games to large crowds.   For example, Las Vegas showrooms are no longer allowed to play the Super Bowl on their huge screens unless they negotiate an arrangement with the NFL.

Here are some important things to take note if you are considering showing any sports games at your establishment:


  • No screens are larger than 55″
  • You are only showing the game on 4 screens or less
  • The audio is coming from less than 6 speakers
  • Consult with an expert before implementing


It is highly advised to contact an expert in the field such as a restaurant consultant professional before you take any action. Synergy Restaurant Consultants is an experienced restaurant and bar consulting firm and have experts across the nation to help.