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The NFL is getting more serious about conduct in the stands.
This year, its teams are requiring any fan who gets ejected from a stadium to take a four-hour online course before they are permitted to come back into the facility again.
The course, designed by psychotherapist Dr. Ari Novick in tandem with the MetLife Stadium security director Daniel DeLorenzi, focuses on alcohol abuse, anger management and crude behavior. A handful of teams have used the course over the past couple seasons, but this summer, as part of a review of their best practices, every team decided to enforce the course on offending fans this season.
Novick said when fans get ejected from a game this year, they will be sent a letter that encourages them to apologize to the team and complete the course. If they fail to meet the requirement, and they are caught on stadium property, they are told they could be arrested for trespassing.
Not only do fans have to take the course if they want to come back to the stadium, they have to pay for it, too. Costs vary by team. The Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons charge the least at $50, while the New England Patriots charge a league-high $100. When a fan completes the course, Novick's company forwards that information to the club.
Skeptics might wonder how teams are going to keep track of ejected fans from week to week. Ray DiNunzio, the NFL's director of strategic security, told ESPN the monitoring will vary by team but could at some point involve facial recognition technology.
Approximately 7,000 people were ejected from NFL stadiums last season. The number varied by team but some teams are known to be more strict in certain areas than others. The Oakland Raiders, for example, have a zero-tolerance policy for smoking. DiNunzio said the Raiders could eject up to 300 fans a game for lighting up...
The Barclays Center app, which is iOS and Android compatible, is a new event app that allows spectators to interact with live in-game footage and other arena features. The app, which connects through the arena’s public Wi-Fi, provides fans the ability to access live, in-game video, the official television feed, a 30-second rewind feature for replays, and up to four different cameras – mixing TV angles and GoPros mounted around the arena.
Incredibly, the app also lets users order food from their seat, send messages for display on the scoreboard, check-in, and interact with other users.
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If Miami-Dade raises hotel taxes to land the 50th Super Bowl from the NFL, one group of visitors may not be paying the higher tax: NFL executives.
Among the standard demands from the NFL for communities hosting a Super Bowl is that league employees be exempt from all local taxes. That would free NFL employees from paying an additional 1-percent hotel tax that the Miami Dolphins want for a renovation of Sun Life Stadium — an upgrade the team argues will be crucial if South Florida wants to win the Super Bowl for 2016.
In Florida, state lawmakers passed legislation exempting Super Bowl game tickets from sales tax. (The same law also exempts professional baseball and basketball championships from the tax.) Miami-Dade estimates it spent about $5 million hosting the 2010 Super Bowl, including $1.5 million in cash. Broward contributed $2 million to the game.
In debating the matter, some Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association board members dismissed the value of a Super Bowl played during the peak of South Florida’s tourism season.
“Many of the directors felt that, even though a Super Bowl is a great asset to the community, it would at best bring marginal growth in revenues due to high occupancies and high [rates] that already exist for that time of the year,’’ the group’s chairman, Raj Singh, wrote in a March 11 letter to board members. He added the critics saw the “real value” of a renovated Sun Life from new sports and entertainment events that would come in the summer, when hotel rates are down.
One of the weekends the NFL wants reserved for Super Bowl conflicts with the Miami Boat Show, and Miami-Dade’s tourism director has warned it would be impossible to host both events at the same time. Miami Beach commissioners this week passed a resolution opposing the Dolphins’ plan, calling claims of Super Bowl’s economic boost “unsubstantiated.”
Exempting league employees from Miami-Dade’s hotel tax would amount to a tiny amount of money the county collects from hotels during Super Bowl. But the money is significant enough that the NFL has been asking for it in recent years as cities compete to host Super Bowls. Last week, Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews said the city agreed to the exemption. While it generates about $10 billion a year, the NFL is organized as a non-profit, which shields it from paying federal income taxes. The arrangement has drawn fire from Congressional critics who cite Commissioner Roger Goodell’s $30 million salary.
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