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"REAL SPORTS" EXAMINES ROWDY BEHAVIOR OF SOME NFL FANS
Published January 13, 1998
HBO's Mary Carillo reported on certain fan behavior at NFL game on "Real Sports." "Real Sports" took hidden cameras to several NFL stadiums over the last three weeks of the regular season to observe the behavior of fans. Carillo: "What we found was that problem fans not only stagger out of the stadiums - many stagger in." Eric Walker, Exec Dir of the Pontiac Silverdome, who denied a Lions request for a ban on alcohol at the stadium during games: "You just can't let a few fans destroy a whole evening for 80,000 fans." Carillo: "How much would it cost the Silverdome to ban the sale of alcohol?" Walker: "One hundred thousand dollars a ... game, or more. ... When it comes to keeping a facility operating and capable of meeting its obligations, that's significant." Bill Cody, NJ State Senate Minority Leader - Elect, is "considering legislation that would ban the sale of alcohol at sporting events" in NJ. Cody: "If it weren't for the money issue, there wouldn't be alcohol sold at sporting events." NFL VP/ Stadium Management Joe Ellis was interviewed by Carillo and said that 99.9% of fans "drink responsibly." Carillo showed Ellis footage from the hidden cameras featuring some drunk fans. Ellis: "You could have filmed 59-60,000 other people coming out of that park, that wouldn't have behaved like that. ... [but] it's inappropriate behavior ... we by no means condone that" ("Real Sports," HBO, 1/12).