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NFL to “review and enhance” security plans for draft

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Monday’s attack at the Boston Marathon has relevance to security issues for every sports league in the nation.  Most immediately for the NFL, it raises questions about security in and around Radio City Music Hall for next week’s draft.

“The NFL and its clubs have operated with a very high level of security since 9/11 for all of our games and events,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT via email.  “For next week’s NFL Draft, we will review and enhance our already comprehensive security plans with the NYPD, Radio City and our private security partners.  We will advise the public more specifically next week prior to the Draft.”

The draft presents security issues both inside and outside the event.  With a red-carpet arrival now part of the festivities, many people routinely line up in the vicinity of Radio City Music Hall, typically across the street on Sixth Avenue, to watch the draft picks and others enter.

That said, both New York and the NFL know a thing or two about security, and I’ve got no concerns about being present at the event.

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19 Responses to “NFL to “review and enhance” security plans for draft”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 16, 2013 11:28 AM

    Sickos don’t wanna have fun, and they hate it when anyone else is.

  2. eatitfanboy says: Apr 16, 2013 11:30 AM

    Terrorism is a random act of violence. There are a 100 terrible things more likely to happen to you in NYC at any given time than falling victim to a terrorist attack.

    Fearing random acts over which you have no control is a waste of time and will only force you to place futile limits on your own enjoyment of life.

    If you don’t fear being mugged, stabbed, shot, run over by a bus, being struck by lighting, being in a building fire, or any other terrible possibility (and you shouldn’t, since again all of these events are random) then you shouldn’t fear being a victim of a terror attack.

  3. ozymandias121 says: Apr 16, 2013 11:31 AM

    They probably don’t want too let Geno Smith go. He could endanger everyone web he isn’t drafted in the 1st round.

  4. thesteelers says: Apr 16, 2013 11:41 AM

    Keep an eye on the suicidal Browns fans out there.

  5. inyofaceagain says: Apr 16, 2013 11:54 AM

    It be wise to protect your billion dollar business. Especially one that is obviously so beloved here in the U.S. I imagine they already have very high security standards. Lets hope they are effective.

  6. hor2012 says: Apr 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    ozymandias121 says:
    Apr 16, 2013 11:31 AM
    They probably don’t want too let Geno Smith go. He could endanger everyone web he isn’t drafted in the 1st round.

    This isn’t a lauging manner. And, even if you were being serious, this isn’t the time for something like that. That, being said I think it is a good idea to review security. But, if someone wants do hurt other people, and they’re willing to die to do it, then that’s exactly what they’re going to do. My prayers go out to the families and the city of Boston.

  7. ravenatorlikesboysbeeholez says: Apr 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    It’s not anybody’s job to be a hero, other than the fine men and women who’ve chosen it as a living, but we as a public owe it to our children, neighbors, and country to watch out for one another, to be vigilant in our own spheres of influence, and to confront the fear of speaking up when something seems wrong. We can’t allow tragedy to control our lives. Evil wins when good men do nothing.

  8. dennisatunity says: Apr 16, 2013 12:08 PM

    Terrorism isn’t random. It is very rare (which is what I suspect you meant) but it’s not random. It is planned and thought out. You are right that living your life in fear is pointless, but taking a few precautions makes a great deal of sense.

  9. source7769 says: Apr 16, 2013 12:24 PM

    im sure goodell and the nfl would like to think they are that big but i doubt the draft is a target

  10. EJ says: Apr 16, 2013 12:46 PM

    It is absolutely sick that somebody would want to hurt a bunch of innocent people, especially a child.

    Every time I go to an NFL game I think about the fact that 70,000+ people are in the same spot and how easily one of these lunatic terrorist a-holes could cause destruction and massive casualties in a split second… It makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it. The NFL has already shown that it can be breached at any moment, just like it was during the Super Bowl. I hope the NFL is doing everything possible to make sure that never happens again.

  11. granadafan says: Apr 16, 2013 1:14 PM

    If this article was written last week, I’d have said that the NFL are being paranoid for no reason. After yesterday’s bombing of a friggin marathon (albeit the most prestigious), I don’t blame the NFL for reviewing the security policies and with police for any glaring holes. Experts have always stated that the authorities could not stop a determined lone wolf, no matter the security, but would do everything in their power to prevent the large scale ones.

  12. patriotinvasion says: Apr 16, 2013 1:16 PM

    I’m sure it will only take another 24-48 hours for all of the usual commenters to blame this on Bill Belichick somehow

  13. eatitfanboy says: Apr 16, 2013 1:25 PM

    dennisatunity says:
    Apr 16, 2013 12:08 PM
    Terrorism isn’t random. It is very rare (which is what I suspect you meant) but it’s not random. It is planned and thought out. You are right that living your life in fear is pointless, but taking a few precautions makes a great deal of sense.
    =========

    No, I meant random. Not to the terrorist, of course, but from your perspective. The statistical probability of your being in the exact spot at the exact time that a terror attack occurs is so infinitesimal that it can properly described as random and thus no benefit can be ascribed to worrying about it.

  14. justintuckrule says: Apr 16, 2013 1:41 PM

    Americans need to realize that we’re still at war and that the war isn’t just limited to far off places we’ll never see. The war is in all of our own backyards and that should make ALL of us U.S. soldiers by default. I’m not saying we all need to take up arms and go hunting brown people, it means that we ALL need to look out for one another. Keep our eyes open when you’re at these events. Be aware of who is around you. Take a quick look under your seat and those next to you. Make your little quadrant safe. If everyone does this, WE can significantly limit these horrendous acts of violence. It just means putting our little iphones down for a second and spending a minute being vigilant. Increased security cannot prevent this crap alone.

  15. blackngold4life says: Apr 16, 2013 2:02 PM

    Red carpet?? Fareal? Take a note from the WNBA and have it in a nice dining room somewhere

  16. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    I don’t have as much faith in NFL security unless it has the possibility of affecting the owners bottom line.

  17. browns627 says: Apr 16, 2013 3:46 PM

    league should keep an eye on the ladies in case big ben and steeler fans show up

  18. melkipershero says: Apr 16, 2013 4:24 PM

    How on earth do people joke in this situation? I don’t care if you hate the Pats, Bengals, Browns, or Steelers. You shouldn’t be joking about anything. Above all, we are AMERICANS

  19. nyjetsfan08 says: Apr 16, 2013 5:56 PM

    It was this past supwrbowl or the one in Dallas where two people got into the superbowl without their tickets. I remember it bc it was a news item on this very site. So, let’s pretend that NFL security is invincible. That being said, this is new York.

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