Rowdy NFL fans may have to take online course

Rowdy NFL fans may have to take online course

Rowdy NFL fans may have to take online course

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 2:29 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some rowdy football fans could find themselves forced to take an online anger management course before they're allowed back in a game.

The NFL is asking all teams to consider making ejected fans complete the course.  It’s called the Fan Conduct Class, a four-hour online class that talks about everything from alcohol abuse to anger management skills.

“The ultimate goal of the class is to create the safest environment so fans can come to NFL games and feel comfortable and safe,” said course designer Dr. Ari Novick.

You get a certificate after taking the class, only after passing a test.

Novick said the test isn’t difficult.

“Just some kind of common sense issues.  For example, a question might be whether you think it’s appropriate for fans to be wearing opposing teams’ jerseys,” Novick added.

So far the Panthers are not participating and say there's no reason to.

While most teams around the league average about 25 ejections per game, the Panthers average half that and there's usually only one fan arrested at a game, if any.

Even Charlotte police said fans in town just seem to be nicer and better behaved than elsewhere.

“Honestly, I don’t know if their fans are nicer, less unruly than others.  I guess time will tell,” countered Novick.

If you want to check out the course, here’s a link with more information.
 

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