"We're not trying to squash anyone's passion. We're just trying to say don't be violent," said Dr. Ari Novick (right), the Californian who's the brains behind the program.
Requirements will vary depending on the stadium, but most of the time the stadium louts will have to pass the test before being allowed back in, he said.
Fans who get the boot must write DeLorenzi a letter of apology and take the four-hour, $75 online course, available at fanconductclass.com. To pass, they have to get at least 70 percent of the questions correct.
If you get tossed out and you don't take the test, your name, photo and seat number will be recorded, and supposedly, someone will come to make sure you're not there. The same applies if you're just super, super dumb and you can't pass the test (sorry, Raiders fans).
Obviously, there are ways around taking the test and getting back into an NFL game, but I don't think it was ever anyone's goal to completely eliminate evildoers here. If you're not a season ticket holder, it's unlikely you were ever going to be back in that same seat anyway, and I doubt you'll ever see a scalper pull out a file folder of photographs to make sure you're not in it.
If you're a season ticket holder, though, it'll probably be worth it to you to pay the $75 and get it out of the way. You don't want to be looking over your shoulder every time you go back to a game. And, let's be honest, if you're an NFL season ticket holder, that $75 isn't going to make or break you. You pay that eight times a year for parking.
I don't believe we'll ever be looking back at this day as the day that NFL fan behavior changed forever, but the idea behind it is nice. If you're enough of a dummy to get yourself kicked out of a game, I'm not going to shed any tears over you losing $75 and four hours of your life.
Gracias, Big Lead.
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