Thursday, August 7, 2008

NFL Initiates Fan Code of Conduct

The NFL has initiated a Fan Code of Conduct in an effort to reduce special cases of inappropriate fan behavior. This "code of conduct" is basically saying that people ought to be civil to one another and refrain from being intoxicated. While I am all for civil behavior and respecting the rights of others - the question is - how will the individual teams implement and enforce the policy?

The article mentions that teams have created videos and hotlines, but these are not mechanisms to use if some fan from the home team dumps beer on your head! The problem is that if fans demand the option to behave in an uncivilized manner at an NFL football game or while tailgating, by restricting it will reduce the benefits (economists call this consumer surplus) of tailgating or attending the game. The article also mentions that teams could evict poor behaving fans and revoke season ticket holders the right to buy season tickets in the future.

In the end, the bad publicity of evicting fans will probably lead to very few evictions - except in extreme cases - which is most likely what the league is trying to create. The league wants a policy that it can refer back to for extremely bad behaving fans - although we do have laws against this type of behavior in the first place.

What do you think?

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