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NFL to Require Unruly Fans to Pass Code of Conduct Exam from Psychotherapist

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25:  DeMaurice Smith (L) executive director of the National Football League Players' Association and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (R) address the the media on July 25, 2011 in Washington, DC.  The NFL players and owners announced they have reached agreement and ended the lockout.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Jason S. PariniCorrespondent IIApril 15, 2012

In an era in which the NFL is desperately trying to attempt to control its players and the game, the league has sunk to a new low.  Foxnews.com reported that the NFL will now require unruly fans to pass an online "code of conduct" exam before being allowed back into the stadium.

The concept was invented by Dr. Ari Novick, a licensed psychotherapist from California.

The New York Post elaborated on the policy, which has been in place in select NFL stadiums, including the new Giants stadium as well as the Patriots' stadium.  The Post stated that "fans who get the boot must write... a letter of apology and take the four-hour, $75 online course, available at www.fanconductclass.com." 

Fans who refuse to take the exam, which in the past has been around 25 percent of those who have been ejected, are then put on an "unforgiven" list.  Each stadium has a band of security guards who will be assigned to specifically monitor the seats of fans who are ejected.  The Post also states that the requirements for each program will vary based on the stadium. 

Here are a few true-or-false questions from the code of conduct exam:

1) According to MetLife Stadium’s alcohol policies, four drinks is the maximum a person may purchase at a time.

2) Every fan has a right to like any team they wish.  Using abusive language toward fans who support teams you don’t like will not be tolerated.

Although I do agree that many people are quite out of line at sporting events, this is certainly not the way to stop the violence. If a fan is willing to beat another human being to a pulp and risk felony charges, then threatening the individual with a $75 exam and a misdemeanor arrest certainly won't cause them to think twice.

Personally, I'm getting tired of the NFL's absurd policies.  What we originally knew as a rough, beautiful, American sport has quickly become a ridiculous socialist league hell-bent on controlling the game, its players and its fans.  

Apparently the players aren't the only ones suffering from concussions.   

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