Hey, Guys, the Fans Behind You Can't See

NBA needs to crack down on bench players blocking the view for no good reason
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2008 8:46 PM CST
Hey, Guys, the Fans Behind You Can't See
While it's fine to jump off the bench at a heated moment, here's no need for players to spend big chunks of NBA games standing.   (AP Photo)

Imagine not being able to watch an NBA game because the players were in your way. That’s just what the league needs to crack down on, Mike McGraw writes in the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, who’s “disgusted by the lack of respect shown to fans” who shell out good money for seats behind the bench, only to miss the action when the scrubs won’t sit down.

“I can understand players jumping up if one of their teammates makes a great play or if it’s the final seconds of a close game when everyone in the arena is standing,” he writes. “But there should be an obvious line between supporting your team and being a jerk.” Warnings would be a good start, McGraw says, with fines to follow. (More basketball stories.)

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