Not Family Friendly: Fan Misbehavior at Pro Sports Venues

The framework for ejecting fans is somewhat in place; however, the stomach to follow through remains somewhat lacking. The infamous NBA brawl between players and fans began after a fan threw beer at Ron Artest (now known as Metta World Peace). Thankfully, physical assaults are not keeping pace with verbal abuse, but opposing fans cant feel entirely safe in many professional sports stadiums. Children often bond with the same teams as their parents. If youve put significant coin on the game youre attending and your team isnt doing well or isnt covering the spread, youre likely not going to sit quietly and let it happen. We have more hooligans than ever.

Response of Teams and Leagues

A sports ticket is a license to attend an event. If fans are still filling up the stadium, then the teams are less likely to offer any type of family alcohol free zone.

Having family sections widely available seems to be the best compromise to me. Unfortunately, professional sporting events have thousands of inebriated spectators together at once, each feeding off the other.. The NBA code prohibits offensive language, unruly behavior, throwing things onto the basketball court and fan entry onto the court. This nervous tension impacts all our social interactions. Yelling at each other has become more commonplace. Many families cant attend games with young children due to fan behavior, even if they can afford the astronomical ticket prices. We should be able to enjoy games with our kids without fear of what they might see and hear. These family friendly sections don’t allow alcohol. A San Francisco Giants fan was beaten so badly he lapsed into a coma after an assault outside of Dodger Stadium in 2011. If spectators are more stressed than ever before even stepping foot into a stadium, then the tension is multiplied many times over by having fifty thousand or more of us sitting elbow to elbow.


Exacerbating the added stress load of the fans in general, alcohol is added to the mix. Road rage fights are not uncommon. Whether a team offers this type of section depends in large part on whether or not they already achieve sell outs on a regular basis. For instance, we are all familiar with searches of belongings before entering sports venues. My friends and I grilled and drank beer for a couple hours before going into the stadium. Alcohol feeds the beast of fan anger.


Another ingredient in the negative fan behavior recipe is sports betting. Similarly, the NFL doesnt allow illegal behavior and fans are not permitted to throw anything onto the field of play. If most fans accept the current atmosphere, then allowing them to continue spewing obscenities isn’t quite so bad if family friendly alcohol free zones are readily available. A recent Orlando Sentinel article recounts Stan Van Gundy’s description of a fan screaming vulgarities behind the bench during Pat Riley’s coaching return at Madison Square Garden, all while the fan is standing next to his young daughter.[1]Fans act out in ways previously unimaginable, as if paying the price of admission allows any kind of behavior towards the opposing players and coaches. We submit to them because we know its a requirement in order to attend the game.

Codes of Conduct

Each of the NBA, NFL and MLB governing bodies have adopted fan codes of conduct. Walking around the concourse at halftime, I realized that I was among the most sober of the spectators. Fans curse and scream more than ever. After all, the fans attending the games are customers of the teams and its not necessarily good for business to eject paying customers. They certainly love to attend games when their parents go to the stadium. Teams certainly are not going to prohibit alcohol at events, which is a major contributing factor.

Family Sections

As a middle ground to allow most fans to continue business as usual and to also encourage family attendance, many teams offer family seating sections. Baseball clubs

are also permitted to have additional, more restrictive, rules of conduct in place.

While the codes of conduct themselves may be helpful, actual enforcement is another story. The MLB code of conduct is very similar. While sometimes annoying and time consuming, most all of us understand the need for these types of security measures. Youre going to yell and scream and what you say may not be pretty.Assault

Some sporting rivalries have become more intense as fans of each team mistreat each other. We all seem to be more stressed than ever. Its almost surprising that this was a baseball crowd, as football fans seem to be the most wound up. This melee led to several player suspensions, yet was initiated by outrageous fan behavior. I drank more beer once we were inside. The fans of the other team have become true enemies instead of rivals. Many parents consider taking their children to professional athletic contests to be irresponsible, given the poisonous atmosphere. The team, in conjunction with the league, can set the terms under which the seat usage or the license is exercised. Pro sports teams have more security personnel available for games than ever, but security appears to become involved only in the most egregious of circumstances. What are the causes and what should be done to allow children to enjoy games with their parents?

Negative AtmosphereBackground Stress

Social interaction these days is more negative than ever. The sports leagues should also recognize that creating family zones is an investment in creating loyal fans from the younger generation who will continue to attend games in the years ahead.

Fan unruliness has reached epidemic proportions at sporting events. Most of the people in the crowd were not merely buzzed, they were completely hammered. Fans can be ejected for breaking the rules set forth in the code of conduct. Excessive consumption of alcohol makes all of us act out. Fans of the visiting team can get verbally eviscerated by the home crowd. Many NFL fans also

bet on the games. I recall attending a Monday night football game once after tailgating for several hours

Sports gambling sites Draftkings & Fanduel ordered to stop taking bets

Draftkings and Fanduel have openly strongly disagreed with Schneiderman and will pursue all legal options available to them. Draftkings estimates they have over 500,000 participants in New York alone. States like Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey have already taken a pro stance on fantasy sports. It only makes sense to combine the two. Any NFL fan will no doubt have seen the endless advertising by Draftkings and Fanduel, who were able to form a lucrative partnership with the NFL. The New York Times reported that yesterday the New York State attorney general Eric T Schneiderman, ordered a cease and desist on the two online gambling giants demanding that they immediately stop taking bets from New Yorkers, under the premise that their operations constituted illegal gambling in the state of New York.

In his press release Schneiderman accused Draftkings and Fanduel of being leaders of a massive, multibillion-dollar scheme intended to evade law and fleece sports fans across the country. It is already a multibillion-dollar industry and will undoubtedly throw its weight around when pushed. In the meantime they will continue to operate in the state of New York.

These online fantasy sports businesses, while relatively new, have substantial backing both by sponsors and fans alike. This would be great if, as their ads imply, the prizes are fairly distributed, however this insider trading scandal brought their legal status into question. At the end of it all it will be whoever can sway the masses that will be victorious.

. If Draftkings and Fanduel are able to leverage these fans against their state legislators they might come out on top. He goes on to say that these sports fantasy sites are marketed as a game that anyone can win but in fact distributes the vast majority of winnings to a small subset of experienced, highly sophisticated players. This business was launched on the basis that fantasy football is a skilled form of gameplay, not one based on chance or luck.

The gaming sites proved that their winners were based on one’s knowledge of the sport by awarding a large sum of their prizes to employees who used inside information to gain an unfair edge on the general public. Americans love gambling and sports. Last month Nevada regulators ruled that online fantasy sports are considered gambling, requiring these sites to cease operations until gambling licenses are acquired. They have sent emails to these customers asking them to defend their right to play fantasy sports.

NFL is a big deal in this country and has millions of loyal followers who also happen to love betting on the game. These winners constitute roughly 1% of all players on the two sites.

This is the latest blow to fantasy sports legal standing. These were no small prizes either as the amounts range from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, with the sites pledging to award over 3 billion in prizes alone this year