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NFL Fans Kicked Out Of Games Must Pass Conduct Test To Return

By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 16, 2012 9:50PM

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The NFL is taking its zero tolerance bad conduct policy from the players to the fans. The league has set up a four-hour online fan conduct class for fans who have been ejected from games to take, if they want to attend future games. Currently the course is required for fans kicked out of games at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. MetLife Stadium security chief Daniel DeLorenzi estimates 25 fans are kicked out of the stadium at each Jets and Giants game. Some of those ejected have made national headlines for bringing tasers to the game and a lack of patriotism.

Dr. Ari Novick, a licensed psychotherapist who developed the idea, said the objective of the course is to stem unruly behavior at football games.

"We're not trying to squash anyone's passion. We're just trying to say don't be violent."

If that's the objective, the Eagles and Raiders could be playing to empty stadiums if they adopt this plan.

Novick is going to get paid for this; he'll pocket $55 of the course's $75 fee. The remainder will go to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers. A 70 percent score is required to pass the course, meaning you may be able to take the course drunk. But then, if you are taking the test inebriated, you probably won't benefit from it.