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  • 08/15/2013, 09:44PM ET

Will The NFL's Strict New Bag Policy Alienate Ticket Holders?

HOOTZ (33-14-9) vs Ronak555 (0-1-0)
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Beginning this season, the NFL will roll out it's new ban on nearly any and all types of bags being carried into the stadium by fans. The change comes on the heels of the Boston Marathon bombing of April 15th. Is this necessary in the NFL?

I'm saying this isn't a well thought out idea. If you've ever attended an NFL game, you already know the necessity of the bag you are choosing to bring with you.

I'm not going to go out on a limb and tell you that Mom or Dad can't carry in a diaper bag anymore...yet, I certainly haven't heard about that being an option.

This whole scene is getting ridiculous. Ticket holders, especially SEASON ticket holders want to feel at home while they're sitting in their seat for four hours. At least I always have. Is it ok for me to lose my rights at a football game because of something one or two people did at the Boston Marathon? There is NO connection here.

The NFL is shooting itself in the foot. This season's Super Bowl is being played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. One would think that extra snow gear in a bag, brought for frigid temperatures would be welcome, but, the NFL is saying NO.

Do you agree with this?


The NFL is being really cautious with this one, and I feel as if they are being too cautious. Living in his country you have to deal with and tolerate a few things and one of those things is political correctness. Now I know that the NFL is not a political affiliation whatsoever but it essentially runs the same way.

NFL officials want to give off a positive public image of the NFL that can make it more accessible and friendly. This is actually the case with all the leagues too in my opinion.

And so, in an effort to give off this delusional, non-existent feeling of false safety (primarily to parents with children) the NFL felt the need to sort of react the Boston Marathon bombing. Of course this is completely unnecessary, I know. However, it's just the way that major organizations with lots of money feel the need to act.

In the long-run, the NFL has nothing to lose here on this new rule. Fans like you and me will still watch the games and attend them happily even if we are upset about one new rule, and the NFL subliminally promotes safety and anti-terrorism to make them more "fan-friendly" even if it seems like absolute BS to you and me.


So, we disagree to agree on this? I'm talking about an extensive rule change that bans just about everything a person can bring into a stadium and you're calling it "one new rule".

I posted a link in comment #1 which explains that these One new rules have been happening over the last decade in the NFL. Add into the equation that the game itself is changing significantly. In the long run, the NFL has a whole lot to lose.

Are you not recognizing that the NLF's message to its fans is we're living in a terrorist society and we must give up our freedom's as a deterrent? Except...we're not living in a terrorist society!

The NFL is roughly a $10 billion industry annually. There's going to be a tipping point. The tipping point comes when you alienate the very people who buy your $5 hotdogs. The people who want to feel at home while sitting in their $125/or more seat. The people who's soul intent is to have a fun family outing.

The bag ban isn't going to make anything safer. There are enough cell phones, enough photographers and enough security personnel at the gate already. Do we need to be protected from ourselves?


I hear you and to a certain extent I agree. First of all this rule is stupid and it definitely is not going to make the NFL any safer or any more dangerous for that matter, however I just don't think that this is the tipping point for the NFL's fans.

Sure it may be too much for a select number of fans who will give up live football games, however NFL stadiums will still sell out and football will still be wildly popular. The NFL is a $10 Billion industry as you mentioned and if a smaller number of fans are upset enough with this rule to actually stop attending events, it certainly will not affect the NFL's huge profits by any means.

And their message is not that we are living in a terrorist society. There I think you have taken too much from too little context. They are trying to be pro-safety and anti-terrorist, which in today's world does not hurt you public image at all.

I am not really disagreeing with you here but more so telling you why I think the NFL instilled and why they really do not care about the potential consequences


Are you aware of the magnitude of this latest ruling? It goes beyond bags being carried in.

Football is an outdoor sport. The game doesn't stop for inclement weather.

Most people who are heading to a certain destination in which they'll spend the day...such as heading to the beach or hitting the slopes for a bit of skiing...usually "pack a bag".

The NFL is being politically correct as you stated. It's hued with a political motif filled with political overtones dating back to September 2001 and most recently in 2013.

Of course most fans will still attend football games because the raw product is still going to be there. The difference being that the bells and whistles (human comfort) aren't allowed into the stadium anymore.

Many fans travel great distances to see NFL games. From city to city and from coast to coast. Hours of travel time. They have packed bags in the process.

In MLB we see fans falling to their deaths trying to retrieve foul balls with no knee jerk reaction from the front office, but, the NFL needs to protect us from something that's never happened?

Do you sincerely feel that the fans aren't being alienated?


Of course this will alienate fans! But what can we do, what can any of us do? The NFL will keep instilling new fan policies just like this one just to see how far they can go without completing destroying the balance between fans and football and at this they can do just about anything honestly, and fans will still go to the games HAPPILY.

The only thing about sports fans is that we LOVE to complain. It's in our nature. Don't believe me? We are all on a website that allows us to complain just for the fun of it! This is just a talking point and although all of us are upset about it, time will pass and this won't be an issue.

Yeah I know people are used to bringing bags to NFL games, but there were also times where you could simply buy a ticket for a flight and hop on a plane. Times have changed. NFL fans will have to adapt and to say that THIS is the one rule of many that finally crosses the proverbial line simply isn't believable to me.

Unless the NFL makes it illegal to cheer for your favorite team alongside thousands of screaming fans with a beer in your hand. I really don't see this being a problem in the long run for the NFL and its fans at all.

August 15, 2013  11:03 PM ET

http://www.nfl.com/qs/allclear/index.jsp

Note that "seat cushions" are also not longer allowed into the stadium.

August 15, 2013  11:04 PM ET

*no

August 16, 2013  04:03 AM ET

Hootz if right fudges this up, DC me and I'll take it.

August 16, 2013  06:38 AM ET

I just find the timing interesting. Why didn't they do this after 9/11?

August 16, 2013  07:28 AM ET

Thank God for slip on work boots and a curved flask.

August 16, 2013  09:46 AM ET

If I wanna take the wife to a game the NFL ain't stopping me.

August 16, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I just find the timing interesting. Why didn't they do this after 9/11?

It is after 9/11.

August 16, 2013  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If I wanna take the wife to a game the NFL ain't stopping me.

LOL.............does she read your post?

August 16, 2013  11:04 AM ET

Look at the type of bags that ARE allowed. It's not "non-sense" - the bag is clear and of limited size. I think it's more a marketing ploy....... to sell bags.

August 16, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Women will have issues carrying "personal items".

August 16, 2013  11:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It is after 9/11.

Allegedly.

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August 16, 2013  11:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Look at the type of bags that ARE allowed. It's not "non-sense" - the bag is clear and of limited size. I think it's more a marketing ploy....... to sell bags.

Brady is somehow involved here.

August 16, 2013  11:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Brady is somehow involved here.

Two words:

man purse

August 16, 2013  11:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Brady is somehow involved here.

His European manpurse and Uggs started this whole thing in motion.

August 16, 2013  11:28 PM ET

Ninj(Un)ed

August 16, 2013  11:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

They can just carry them in their hoohoo, since that's where they'll end up anyway.

So far, tampons are still allowed.

August 18, 2013  01:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

So far, tampons are still allowed.

August 18, 2013  06:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

So far, tampons are still allowed.

Only until the NFL developes logoed versions......

 
August 19, 2013  04:33 PM ET

Good TD.

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