Don’t make stadiums a sports information vacuum
Washington sports history was about to be made Sept. 9, the first Monday night NFL game of the season. While Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was returning to the field from offseason knee surgery, another D.C.-based athlete, Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, flirted with the franchise’s first no-hitter.
It was the same situation in the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium six days later. Trying to crawl back into the pennant race, the Orioles were playing a close game in Toronto. But the 71,098 fans attending the game would have little clue that their hometown Orioles were working toward a 3-1 win.
“We don’t usually provide scores of other sports,” a Ravens spokesman emailed days later.
The Ravens kept an updated running scroll of all NFL games that day, complete with statistics. But they ignored their neighbor.
It’s no surprise that these games cater to the NFL — the football teams’ popularity is the only reason so many people attend these games. But most of the attendees are sports fans — or, more specifically, Baltimore sports fans and Washington sports fans. They are there to focus on the Ravens and Redskins. But many would appreciate knowing what’s happening with the other sports franchises in their town. Cell coverage in both stadiums is not good enough to stay updated on other scores. It’s hard to see how quick updates during breaks in play — the same updates fans at home could get — would harm the NFL’s at-game experience.