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SBD/December 12, 2013/Facilities
NHL Panthers' In-Game Plexiglass Snafu Leads To Heavy Media Coverage
Published December 12, 2013
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YOU CAN'T SEE ME: The incident was widely discussed on the afternoon TV sports-talk shows yesterday, with ESPN's Dan Le Batard saying, "You can't do that to that fan base. Do you realize how few fans they have? Do you realize how few people go to the games? Those are expensive seats." ESPN's Bomani Jones said, "The refund line would be so long if anybody were there." Le Batard: "More often than not over the last decade, Panthers fans ... would have preferred the cardboard and the obstructed view to what they've actually been seeing" ("Highly Questionable," ESPN2, 12/11). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser: "How would you feel about paying big money for a seat right on the ice and all you can see is nothing. That's reimbursement, holmes." ESPN's Michael Wilbon: "You don’t want to be re-seated for something like. You get those seats to be close to the action." Kornheiser: "That's ridiculous" ("PTI," ESPN, 12/11). CBSSN's Jim Rome: "So your view is slightly obstructed. You can still hear, you can have your beer and there is no way that puck is getting through that plywood. It is safety first in the front row" ("Rome," CBSSN, 12/11). CBSSN's Doug Gottlieb: "That’s like something you do in college. That’s kind of ghetto. ‘What do we do with the glass? Let’s just use plywood.’ ... It’s probably leftover from hurricane season" ("Lead Off," CBSSN, 12/11). Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw: "I don't like to make fun of cities that don’t understand hockey. But you've got to take the paper off the glass before you put it up there" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 12/11).