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Two Minutes for Not Being Invisible
The National Lacrosse League may become the first professional sports league to punish visiting teams for hindering the enjoyment of the fans.
Last Saturday, as the Philadelphia Wings were losing 13-7 to the visiting Calgary Roughnecks, an incident apparently occurred after a fan complained that he couldn't see through the glass to the floor, ostensibly because Calgary coaches Dave Pym and Curt Malawsky were blocking the view by standing on their team's bench. The fan complained, and was summarily kicked out of his seat by stadium security, according to fan forum postings.
The Wings' organization took to Facebook early in the week with an earnest, impassioned plea for justice.
"To our fans that had their view obstructed by the Calgary coaching staff this weekend we wanted to apologize for the inconvenience & let you know that our ownership is filing a complaint with the NLL."
Even Pym noticed, chiming in via Twitter that "Philly fans (are) not happy with Mouse (Malawsky) and I. We heard their profanity laced tirades."
Well, it seems those pleas were heard. On Thursday, the NLL issued the following directive:
"Players, coaches and or non playing personnel deemed to be deliberately obstructing fans are subject to an unsportsmanlike conduct bench minor penalty."
Ted Jenner, an ex-player who now emcees the Washington Stealth home games, found the missive somewhat silly.
"How do they assess this penalty?" Jenner joked.
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