Should Unsportsmanlike Conduct be Called on the Fans?

By: Dan Spohn

Have you ever spent hundreds of dollars to go to a football game, only to have to sit around intoxicated and obnoxious fans? When I go to an event with my family, I would like to have an environment where my kids don't have to hear profanity words every play/pitch. On many occasions I have seen fans physically and verbally fighting right around us. On another occasion we saw an intoxicated man throw his half full beer on another man, while they were arguing. There was a security guard in the next section, but the guard did not seem to care. What kind of messages is this sending to the young kids that are attending the sporting event?

Another thing that I believe, is that the consumption of alcohol should be limited at a sporting event. There is a difference between a fan having a few drinks, and a fan being so intoxicated that they can not control themselves.

There are a few dangers when talking about intoxicated fans. Some may pose a physical threat to others because of their inability to control themselves. Also when leaving the stadium, many intoxicated fans will get into their cars and drive home. This poses a threat to all of the others on the road. The concession works at the stadium should be enforced to refuse alcohol to those that physically appear to be beyond the limit.

Personally, I have stopped taking my kids to sporting events because of the language and violence that the other fans are involved in. It's a shame because I, along with my kids really enjoy sports. We settle for watching the games on television. I believe that the leagues, and the teams, should enforce strict rules of conduct at sporting events. People should still be able to cheer and even boo. The only thing that would be enforced is the family unfriendly atmosphere that was mentioned earlier. I have heard that certain teams have started "Family Friendly" zones in the stadiums. I think this is a good start, but it needs to be extended to a larger area. In most stadiums the Family Friendly zones only cover one section, out of the hundred or so sections that are in the stadium. I encourage sports teams to support a family friendly environment at their venues. I am not alone in saying that something needs to be done, so that we can take our children to a fun, yet safe sporting event.

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