A report in the New York Post says that the NFL will require unruly fans who were ejected from games this fall to pass a code-of-conduct test before they are allowed to reenter stadiums for future contests.
The Post says the idea came from a licensed psychotherapist named Dr. Ari Novick.
Each stadium and team will have its own requirements but most fans who misbehave to the point of being ejected will have to pass the test before being allowed to reenter.
The classes are an effort to reduce ugly stadium behavior. According to the Post, MetLife Stadium security chief Daniel DeLorenzi said that about 25 fans are ejected from every Jets or Giants game.
The teams' home stadium was the first, along with the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, to employ Novick’s classes back in 2010.
Fans who get ejected from MetLife Stadium must write a letter of apology and take a four-hour, $75 online course, available at fanconductclass.com. To pass, they have to get at least 70 percent of the questions correct.Novick earns $55 for each test he certifies. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers split the remainder of the fee.
DeLorenzi said that nearly 25 percent of those fans who are ejected don’t bother to take the course, placing them on an “unforgiven” list — a book containing the name, photo and seat number of every booted fan. Security guards monitor the stands at each Jets and Giants home game looking for fans on the "unforgiven" list. If they are caught — and 10 have been over the past three years — they’re arrested for trespassing.