In a huge blow to the crazy fans of New York, the City Council passed a bill yesterday that gives jail time and up to $25,000 in fines to fans that get unruly at sporting events in the city. What are we supposed to do with our batteries when a racist homophobe comes to play in our stadiums? Peter Vallone Jr (yes, the anti-graffiti guy) came up with the idea for after watching upset fans during 8th inning of Game 6 of the ALCS between the Yankees and the Red Sox last year.
Mets VP of Security, Rob Kasdon, told WCBS that the law was written so traditional things like throwing a ball back onto a field after an opposing team's home run or hats onto the ice after a hat trick would not be affected. Perhaps what caught Gothamist's eyes the most was how CBS led the story off: "Rude sports fans—who pitch trash at a New York Yankee or spit on a Knicks player—will face jail time and up to $25,000 in fines under a law passed Wednesday by the City Council." While New Yorkers may not want to throw trash onto a Yankee, we're not so sure they wouldn't want to spit on a Knick after their start this year.
If you're looking for some good reasons fans should be reigned in, be sure to check out Warren St. John's Fanopticon.
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