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  • Opinion: Security Concerns Ever-Present

    by mimrem@dailyherald.com August 2016

    Presumably all the athletes, families and fans that want to be are safely out of Brazil. Whew! A sign of our times is that what doesn't happen on any given day is more significant than what does happen. Like, terrorists didn't blow up anything during the Rio Olympics.

  • Reported Robbery Puts Damper on Rio Olympics

    by Christine Brennan August 2016

    The tenuous relationship between this beautiful but troubled city and the Summer Olympic Games took a turn for the worse Sunday when U.S. gold medalist Ryan Lochte said robbers posing as police pointed a gun at his head and took his money, while three other U.S. swimmers with him were forced to lie on the ground by their assailants and also were robbed. Suddenly, the 2016 Olympics had changed dramatically. A week of conversation about green pool water and lost buses seemed almost quaint compared to what was now going to come:

  • Speedway Officials Preparing Fans for College Football

    by Jeff Birchfield Johnson City Press August 2016

    Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell encourages fans to get their battle plans ready for college football’s biggest game ever. At a Friday press conference, Caldwell and other officials pointed out some key differences between attending a NASCAR race at BMS and the upcoming Pilot/Flying J Battle at Bristol football game between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.

  • Intense Security Impacts Olympic Attendance

    by Genaro C.Aramas August 2016

    Olympic athletes have been competing in near-empty venues and before thin crowds in other locations during the opening days of the Rio Games — a problem that can be traced to long security lines, traffic and a lack of familiarity with some sports.

  • Baseball Fans Get a Little Too Close to the Action

    by Stuart Goldman August 2016

    Tuesday’s Major League Baseball games in Philadelphia and Cincinnati included fan interaction that got a little too close to the playing field.

    In Philadelphia, home-plate umpire Bob Davidson appeared to eject a fan in the sixth inning for heckling. The fan reportedly kept repeating “You suck!” at Davidson during the game. According to a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Phillies, Davidson complained to security about the fan’s language, and when asked to leave, the fan obliged.

    In a pool report after the game, Davidson said the fan used a homophobic slur toward him, prompting him to have the fan removed.

    In Cincinnati, a Reds fan in the front row attempted to catch a foul ball in the seventh inning that Reds first baseman Joey Votto also was trying to catch. Neither Votto nor the fan made the catch, and when Votto realized it was a Reds fan who interfered with him, he looked at the Reds logo on the fan’s shirt, grabbed it, then walked away in disgust.

    Votto received both praise and criticism on Twitter for his actions, but cooler heads prevailed. Votto wrote an apology on a baseball and had it delivered to the fan, and the two made amends.

    The Votto-Reds fan interaction was not the best player-fan baseball moment this week. On Monday, Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy recorded a franchise-record 16 strikeouts in a win at Tampa Bay. After the game, Duffy tossed his hat, which would have been perfect for the Royals Hall of Fame, to one lucky Royals fan in the stands. (Read more about the young fan in The Kansas City Star.)

  • Cops Walk in Reaction to Lynx Players' Comments, Shirts

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    Reacting to comments and warm-up jerseys that denounced racial profiling and supported the Black Lives Matter movement, four off-duty Minneapolis police officers walked off their security posts at a Minnesota Lynx game Saturday.

  • Outsourcing Event Security Brings Challenges, Advantages

    by Paul Steinbach February 2016

     

    Salim Toorabally had his suspicions. While working a turnstile at Stade de France on Nov. 13, Toorabally noticed an individual loitering near the gate. Then, that same individual began a hasty entrance on the heels of a fan heading for the stadium and a soccer exhibition between France and Germany. Toorabally instinctively slipped an arm in front of the suspicious-looking man, who explained that his cousin was supposed to bring a ticket to him but hadn't arrived yet. Toorabally denied him entrance, then waved others past his security post as he continued to keep an eye on the young, slender man in the dark jacket.

  • Police Investigate Chokehold Incident at Football Game

    by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015

    Police in Arlington, Texas, have begun an investigation after an incident at Thursday’s Cowboys-Panthers game. An AT&T Stadium security guard was filmed putting a Panthers fan in a chokehold while attempting to escort the fan out.

    The fan, John Small, alleges that he did nothing wrong. Smalls stated, "He jumped up on my back, put his arm around my throat and tried to pull me to the ground.”

  • Vapor Wake Dogs Are Advancing Gameday Bomb Detection

    by Paul Steinbach November 2015

    The Chicago Cubs had already shut out the visiting San Francisco Giants, 2-0, on Aug. 9 when postgame stragglers were ordered to evacuate Wrigley Field. Chicago Police, who reportedly receive dozens of bomb threats every week, got word that Wrigley had been targeted and swarmed the ballpark with officers. Only after bomb-sniffing dogs had their run of the grounds was an "all clear" issued.

  • Best Practices Guide Addresses High School Security Concerns

    by Dennis Van Milligen October 2015

    More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletic administrator tasked with providing a safe environment, the stakes have never been higher.