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NFL now requires fans ejected from game for unruly behavior to complete and pay for online course before returning
The NFL is cracking down again – but this time fan behavior is the target.
According to an ESPN report, the league is now requiring any fan who is ejected from a game this season to complete – and pay for – a four-hour online course before they are permitted back in the stadium.
Some teams have enacted this policy in the past, but this is the first season all 32 teams will require the completion of the course, which is centered on alcohol abuse and anger management, before re-entry.
Dr. Ari Novick, a psychotherapist, and MetLife Stadium security director Daniel DeLorenzi designed the program. ESPN reports that the cost of the course varies by team. The Detroit Lions charge $50, while the New England Patriots charge a league-high $100.
Those who fail to complete the course and try to return could be arrested for trespassing.
Ray DiNunzio, director of security for the NFL, told ESPN that monitoring the offenders will vary by stadium, but could involve facial recognition technology.