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Published April 16, 2012
MIAMI MELTDOWN: In Ft. Lauderdale, Craig Davis noted NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been a “staunch supporter of hockey in South Florida throughout the Panthers’ lean years of lousy play and shaky attendance,” but Bettman “virtually melted hope of a Winter Classic” being held in Marlins Park. Bettman said, “I think doing an outdoor game based in a warm climate, based on current climatic conditions and technology, is very difficult to be thinking about. They’d open the roof and it would be hot” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 4/15).
MAKING THE GRADE: In N.Y., Gary Buiso wrote unruly NFL fans “booted from stadiums this year will be required to pass a code-of-conduct exam -- or they won’t be allowed back in for another game.” Dr. Ari Novick, who designed the test, said, “We’re not trying to squash anyone’s passion. We’re just trying to say don’t be violent.” Novick said that requirements will “vary depending on the stadium, but most of the time the stadium louts will have to pass the test before being allowed back in” (N.Y. POST, 4/15).