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NFL adds security measures for draft

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There will be “enhanced” security guidelines for the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the league said Tuesday.

According to the NFL, those entering Radio City Music Hall for the draft must consent to searches by security personnel, with pat-downs and metal detectors among the measures that can be employed. What’s more, all items brought into the building will be inspected, the league said.

The draft begins Thursday and runs through Saturday in New York.

The league, along with Radio City Music Hall and New York City police, are recommending those attending the draft to limit the number of objects brought into the building. No containers will be allowed inside, with backpacks among the excluded items. The NFL’s statement on the security measures has a list of banned items.

“Fans are urged to bring nothing larger than a very small purse,” the league said.

The league noted it already had security procedures in place before these additions.

“The NFL and its clubs have operated with a very high level of security since 9/11 for all of our games and events,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer in the league-issued statement. “With the help of the FBI, New York Police Department, Radio City and our private security partners, we will enhance our already comprehensive plans for the safety of our fans and other attendees.”

A noticeable security presence at major sporting events doesn’t figure to go away anytime soon, and the NFL’s enhancements make sense, considering recent events.

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28 Responses to “NFL adds security measures for draft”
  1. aldavismustdie1108 says: Apr 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither”

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    Are cheesehead hats allowed?

  3. cullimon says: Apr 23, 2013 1:25 PM

    I went to a NFL game on Monday night a few years ago. There were no pat downs and no metal detectors, I walked right in. The ppl with the metal detectors just waved me through. So security here may be at the level of a Highschool p

  4. malekmj says: Apr 23, 2013 1:31 PM

    I think the guys that just miss the cut should be offered jobs in the Elite NFL Security Brigade. Not quite good enough for the NFL but more than enough bad ass to take out a some terrorists!!!

  5. fafaflunky says: Apr 23, 2013 1:35 PM

    better break out the European carry alls..aka purse or fanny packs..

  6. brohamma says: Apr 23, 2013 1:45 PM

    Jets fans are still allowed to bring their purses; they must be thrilled!

  7. contra74 says: Apr 23, 2013 1:53 PM

    I hear that any Packer fan that arrives with their ‘stock’ in hand is waved to the front of the line and given a can of Milwaukees Best. Afterall, they are ‘owners’ of an NFL team hahahaha

  8. broncobeta says: Apr 23, 2013 1:54 PM

    aldavismustdie1108 says:
    Apr 23, 2013 1:24 PM
    “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither”
    ———————————

    A nearly 300 year old quote, stated by a man who’s extent of destructive technology was a kite and a rifle that took a full minute to reload one shot.

    I thought the abuse of quotes from our Founding Fathers was just limited to Facebook.

  9. ad2k13 says: Apr 23, 2013 2:08 PM

    Hells Angels weren’t available?

  10. steeltroll says: Apr 23, 2013 2:10 PM

    To add to Broncobeta’s astute remark, I would also ask in what way the NFL patting me down so someone else doesn’t kill me is curtailing my freedom? I might even suggest that it helps ensures it!

  11. jpb12 says: Apr 23, 2013 2:56 PM

    So… no Fireman Ed then…

  12. EJ says: Apr 23, 2013 3:00 PM

    I’m glad the NFL is taking the security issue and making it a priority. I never want to see anything like the Boston Marathon bombing again, not ever. These coward Terrorist bastards take something that brings people together like sports and turn it into a tragedy. It makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it.

  13. jackflak55 says: Apr 23, 2013 3:13 PM

    The staff at RCMH is terrible, and it is a terrible venue. Now they aren’t letting anyone bring things in (books, magazines, laptops?) When they run out of soda and stale pretzels after two hours, what do they expect us to do? They might as well tell us not to come.
    At every level, idiots are more concerned with creating the appearance of safety, rather than actual safety.

  14. tvguy22 says: Apr 23, 2013 3:20 PM

    broncobeta says:Apr 23, 2013 1:54 PM

    aldavismustdie1108 says:
    Apr 23, 2013 1:24 PM
    “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither”
    ———————————
    A nearly 300 year old quote, stated by a man who’s extent of destructive technology was a kite and a rifle that took a full minute to reload one shot.

    I thought the abuse of quotes from our Founding Fathers was just limited to Facebook.
    ——————————-

    “The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it’s hard to verify their authenticity.”

    ~ Abraham Lincoln

  15. mtchainsmoker says: Apr 23, 2013 3:22 PM

    broncobeta,

    It’s people with attitudes like yours that are giving away our freedoms. Better to die a free man than to live under the iron fist of a tyrannical government. Well-armed citizens are the best defense against terrorists. Oppressive governments oppress those who already live within the boundaries of the law. Try reading some history, as those who don’t remember history are, indeed, doomed to repeat it. This has been proven time and again.

  16. broncobeta says: Apr 23, 2013 4:06 PM

    mtchainsmoker says:
    Apr 23, 2013 3:22 PM
    broncobeta,

    It’s people with attitudes like yours that are giving away our freedoms. Better to die a free man than to live under the iron fist of a tyrannical government.

    ————————-

    Right. Because not being able to bring a hand gun or a bomb into the draft will completely impede on your freedom.

    You need rocket launchers and tanks too, right?

    The problem with you is that you assume there is no middle ground. Since I stated that a 300 year old quote makes little sense to our country’s current problems, I must be a super liberal who believes everyone should get an anal cavity search at every stop sign across America.

    Calling America, today, an oppressive government is an absolute joke. You must lead a fantastic life if you consider things today oppressive.

  17. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    mtchainsmoker says:
    Apr 23, 2013 3:22 PM
    broncobeta,

    It’s people with attitudes like yours that are giving away our freedoms. Better to die a free man than to live under the iron fist of a tyrannical government. Well-armed citizens are the best defense against terrorists. Oppressive governments oppress those who already live within the boundaries of the law. Try reading some history, as those who don’t remember history are, indeed, doomed to repeat it. This has been proven time and again.

    ____________________

    Explain how limiting what fans can bring into Radio City tyranny?

    Let me guess, you’re one of those that believe if we extend background check we’ll turn into Nazi Germany?

  18. mtchainsmoker says: Apr 23, 2013 4:13 PM

    nyyjetsknicks,

    I have no problem with increased security at the draft. I was simply responding to broncobeta’s comment implying that Ben Franklin’s quote is no longer valid.

  19. broncobeta says: Apr 23, 2013 4:19 PM

    If we really want to talk freedom here, the NFL is a private business.

    It has the freedom to dictate the rules that people need to abide by to attend the draft.

    They can flat out close it out to the public if they want to.

  20. mtchainsmoker says: Apr 23, 2013 4:20 PM

    broncobeta,

    I have no problem with increased security at the draft. However, in response to your statement: Today’s American government is far more oppressive than it was even 25 years ago, so what will it be like in another 10 years if it’s not reigned in now? At the same time that islamic terrorists are killing Americans in our own streets, the Dept of Homeland Security has stated that the biggest threats are US soldiers returning from the wars? Tea Party members? When was the last terrorist attack committed by a Tea Party member? Why does Homeland Security need tanks and billions of round of ammunition? I have no problem with sensible security measures, but do we really need drones flying overhead? I love my country and I do not want to see it twisted into something it was not meant to be. That’s all I meant. I did not mean to offend.

  21. thesteelers says: Apr 23, 2013 4:30 PM

    Preach it, mtchainsmoker!

  22. jnbnet says: Apr 23, 2013 4:39 PM

    Apr 23, 2013 3:20 PM
    broncobeta says:Apr 23, 2013 1:54 PM

    aldavismustdie1108 says:
    Apr 23, 2013 1:24 PM
    “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither”
    ———————————
    A nearly 300 year old quote, stated by a man who’s extent of destructive technology was a kite and a rifle that took a full minute to reload one shot.

    I thought the abuse of quotes from our Founding Fathers was just limited to Facebook.
    ——————————-

    “The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it’s hard to verify their authenticity.”

    ~ Abraham Lincoln

    ==========================
    Dude!!! too funny!

  23. broncobeta says: Apr 23, 2013 4:52 PM

    mtchainsmoker,

    My problem isn’t with the quote. It’s the abuse of the quote.

    Just because Ben Franklin said something about the British reign in the Colonies 300 years ago (1738) doesn’t mean it applies to every time someone thinks their freedom is being infringed on.

    We all have Facebooks. We all see the photos of people plastering their political beliefs on something good old GW said that has nothing to do with what we’re facing today.

  24. mtchainsmoker says: Apr 23, 2013 5:06 PM

    broncobeta,

    The issues that we face today are the same issues that we have faced in the past. The Barbary Pirates against whom Thomas Jefferson waged war, were muslims. Sound familiar?

    One of the causes of the Revolutionary War was the fact that British soldiers could and did enter American homes without warrants. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution states:
    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
    So what happend in Boston last week? Hundreds of homes being searched? I understand the need to capture a terrorist, but where were the warrants to search those houses? One might say, “They were looking for a terrorist!” but where will the line be drawn? And who defines what a terrorist is? The current regime seems to think that patriotic Americans are the true threat–and I beg to differ.

  25. travis1980 says: Apr 23, 2013 5:10 PM

    Explain how limiting what fans can bring into Radio City tyranny?

    Let me guess, you’re one of those that believe if we extend background check we’ll turn into Nazi Germany?
    ———————————————

    Unless you enjoy the government invading every area of your life then its pretty easy to see. You can’t go to an airport, airplane, train, marathon, a nfl draft or just plain driving in certain part of america without a government agency violating your rights to some degree. Also if you enjoy big bother protecting you everywhere you go i’m sure your aware that it cost money. Money that we don’t have.

    There were countless federal, state and local authority at the finish line at Boston and despite all the added security nothing stopped it. Terrorist don’t listen to laws.

    TSA, FBI, Border Patrol, NSA, CIA, ATF, IRS, homeland sercurity, CTF, and many more to come. If you think that is remotely close to freedom you are incredibly naive.

  26. travis1980 says: Apr 23, 2013 5:20 PM

    If you enjoy no freedom you’ll like this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Op3TMliqBmA

  27. mtchainsmoker says: Apr 23, 2013 5:22 PM

    To whomever is screening these comments:

    I understand that we have drifted off of the subject of NFL Draft security, and I thank you for allowing us to have this civil discussion.

  28. rkt4mayor says: Apr 23, 2013 5:29 PM

    Security at the draft makes sense…those jihadis are crazy for attention and revenge.

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