Fans of NFL franchises are passionate, loyal, and will stand up for their teams in any situation. Sometimes, these fans take it too far. The NFL has decided to send a few of these fans for a therapist-approved exam.
Should you do something to get yourself kicked out of a game during the upcoming 2012 season, the league will demand you pass a code-of-conduct test, or you'll be banned from attending future games. The New York Post reports the concept was cooked up by a licensed psychotherapist.
A test version of the program was launched in 2010 at New York's MetLife Stadium and Foxboro's Gillette Stadium.
In particular, ejected fans of the Giants and Jets are
required to write a letter of apology to the stadium's security director and take a four-hour, $75 online course, similar to taking traffic school following a speeding ticket. The Post reports that troublemaking fans must score at least a 70 percent to pass the kindergarten level exam.
By the way, of that $75, Dr. Ari Novick, who cooked up the scam, gets to keep $55 from each test, and the rest of the money goes to charity. "We’re not trying to squash anyone’s passion. We’re just trying to say don't be violent,” he said.
Close to 25 percent of the almost 500 fans ejected from games in East Rutherford didn't go to the trouble of taking the course. Those fans are placed in special "unforgiven" book, which includes names, photos and information on banned fans.
MetLife Stadium sends security guards around to spot these unwanted fans, and the Post reports that 10 fans have been caught over the last few years and arrested for trespassing on stadium grounds.
This season a version of the program with different requirements depending on the city is heading to all NFL stadiums.
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