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Old 11-20-04, 11:44 PM
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Barriers to Seperate Fans and players

I hope it doesn't resort to this, however I commend some of the networks for showing the children's reactions to the fights. This is very important, and probally the sadest of the entire situation. We've all seen the old lady lying in tears, the small boy crying.

A solution will be enacted to protect fans, but what would YOU propose?


Personally, I would ban the players from the NBA for life if they entered the crowd and acted violently. This would be the strongest message, and wouldn't affect the overall fan experience for years to come.

Also, a thing not mentioned allot is the fact that their WILL be a lawsuit against the NBA for failing to protect fans. In addition, some suites might even be directed @ the stadiums.

I say that if the NBA has to enact extreme measures that ruin the game for fans, then fans should get involved in a class action lawsuit against the culprit.


Your thoughts? I mention this because, the closeness of the players and fans is the foundation of the Basketball experience.
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Old 11-20-04, 11:46 PM
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if the players get banned from the nba for entering the stands imagine how many drunks are going to entice the players even more and go off the deep end even more
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Old 11-21-04, 12:01 AM
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I don't think its a lawsuit against the NBA as much as the individual organization responsible for security at that locale.

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Old 11-21-04, 12:03 AM
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They need to hire Vince McMahon, and let him run security with his WWF people.
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Old 11-21-04, 12:07 AM
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The sad thing is, the little boy's dad (might not be his dad, but a relative) is that fat guy in the gray shirt that was hitting Jones in the back of the head. I'd be crying if my dad was a coward too.
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Old 11-21-04, 12:14 PM
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I don't know about barriers but there has to be more space between the players and the fans. At SPURS games I have seen SAPD sitting behind the players facing the crowd. Several times I have seen them get up and say something to the fans and even remove fans.
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Also, a thing not mentioned allot is the fact that their WILL be a lawsuit against the NBA for failing to protect fans. In addition, some suites might even be directed @ the stadiums.
I'm surprised at how few people are concerned about the NBA failing to protect players. Actually, I'm not -- and I know exactly why. I don't directly blame most people -- it's a subconscious thing. Notice how when this happens at hockey games, there is not quite such an outcry to protect fans from those NHL players. I just can't imagine why not. Yeah, right.

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Your thoughts? I mention this because, the closeness of the players and fans is the foundation of the Basketball experience.
Why do we take this as gospel? How many of us have actually enjoyed courtside seats? That is a privilege for the wealthy and powerful. It's like saying that luxury suites are the foundation of the basketball experience.
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