Sunday, April 15, 2012

Disruptive fans must pass a code of conduct course

NFL fans will be getting tested. No not drug or alcohol testing, although some should be subject to that before their allowed to enter a stadium.

The NFL will now require fans that have been ejected from a game to pass an online code of conduct course.

Part of the plan came from when the NFL came up with the idea to put undercover cops in the stands during the 2012 NFC Championship game and dressed them up as New York Giants fans.

To pass the four hour online course you must pay $75 and correctly answer 70 percent of the true or false questions.

“We’re not trying to squash anyone’s passion. We’re just trying to say don’t be violent,” said Dr. Ari Novick,  the Californian who’s the brains behind the program.

Sorry, but the league will be taking away a fan's passion. Violence isn't part of the deal, but trash talking goes with the territory when it comes to a fan's passion. As a Detroit Lions fan, I've taken plenty of verbal darts over the years. My take is if you have reason to dish it out dish it out. But if you can't take it you should keep your mouth shut.

I wouldn't talk trash to a Pittsburgh Steelers fan because they have six Super Bowl trophies to back their argument. But a Cleveland Browns fan, I'd go all day on them.

All this means is that a good portion os Raider fans will be dishing out a lot of cash.

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