With the NFL having its lowest attendance since 2007 last season, thereís been a lot of discussion on how to bring fans back to the stadium. Having people attend games on Sunday with steep ticket prices is a challenging task, and thatís without taking into account the easiness of television.
So when ESPNís Darren Rovell reported that the NFL is cracking down on fan conduct, the double standards that arose were astonishing. According to Rovellís report, the NFL will start charging fans to take a four-hour online policy course if they get booted during the game.
ď[Ari] Novick said when fans get ejected from a game this year, they will be sent a letter that encourages them to apologize to the team and complete the course. If they fail to meet the requirement, and they are caught on stadium property, they are told they could be arrested for trespassing,Ē Rovell writes.
ďNot only do fans have to take the course if they want to come back to the stadium, they have to pay for it, too. Costs vary by team.Ē
The NFL wants to encourage fans to attend games, but then wants to charge them if they are kicked out of the game? Prices are already expensive enough. Fining fans is a sure way to make them not comeback.
I understand the NFL wants to deal with obnoxious drunks. However, no person should pay for the course and attend another live game when itís just as easy to watch it on TV.
The amount of double standards here is sickening. The NFL canít wonder why fans arenít coming to the games and then bully their customer around to get more money out of them.
Itís a good thing the players donít have to deal with these sorts of double standards. This would be like the league demanding more player safety and then expecting players to play two more games a season.
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