NFL announces new fan code of conduct
NFL="No Fun League"
The NFL has cracked down and punished players who misbehave either on the field or off the field. First it was rude gestures after celebrating a play from taunting to the "throat cut" that players often do. Then it was the end-zone celebrations from using props to over-excessive celebrations. Players are frustrated by these rules and often calls the league the No Fun League.
Now the commissioner has turned his code of conduct policies to the NFL fans. Most of the rules are common sense and should be followed without being told.
The NFL implemented a new code of fan conduct Tuesday, warning that spectators who misbehave will be ejected from stadiums and barred from coming back.
The policy, first recommended by commissioner Roger Goodell at league meetings in April, is aimed at conduct that the league said "detracts from the gameday experience."
It includes bans on:
• Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal.
• Drunkenness and signs of alcohol impairment that result in irresponsible behavior.
• Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures.
• Interference with the progress of the game, including throwing objects onto the field.
• Failing to follow instructions of stadium personnel.
• Verbal or physical harassment of fans from the opposing team.
"The in-stadium experience is critically important to the NFL, our clubs and our fans and it will be a major focus this season," Goodell said in a statement. "We are committed to improving the fan experience in every way we can -- from the time fans arrive in the parking lot to when they depart the stadium."
The league also left teams the option of adding additional provisions to the code based on local circumstances. It said the guidelines would be contained in mailings to fans and signs posted at stadiums.
I wonder how hard they are going to enforce these rules. "Verbal or physical harassment of fans from the opposing team" is going to be a tough rule to follow for some people. I have never been to an NFL game, but when I was at Yankees stadium, most of these rules are constantly being broken.