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NFL Cardinals Sued Over Accommodations For Hearing-Impaired Fans At Stadium

The NFL Cardinals and the Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority are being sued after they failed to "provide adequate accommodations for hearing-impaired fans at University of Phoenix Stadium," according to Paul Giblin of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Cardinals VP/Media Relations Mark Dalton said that the issue "already has been addressed." However, attorney J.J. Rico, who represents Mesa resident Michael Ubowski, said that the "new measures to help the hearing-impaired aren't enough." Giblin reported Ubowski and the state want the team and the tourism authority to "provide video-board captioning of the stadium announcer's words so that hearing-impaired fans will be able to read the play-by-play information that other fans hear over the stadium's public-address system." Dalton in an e-mail wrote, "This is a fan complaint that dates back a number of years. Last year, we gave him what he asked for by installing open captioning next to the stadium scoreboards." Rico claims that the new boards "are not visible from every seat in the stadium, and the color scheme could be improved." He added that TV monitors in stadium concourses "don't always display captioning, which would allow hearing-impaired fans to follow the game while buying snacks." The case was "moved to U.S. District Court on Feb. 21" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/2).
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