In the aftermath of a lawsuit aimed at forcing the City of Los Angeles to cease providing police services to the Rams at the Coliseum without compensation, the Rams agreed to foot the bill for the enhanced police presence.
The question now becomes whether there’s enough of it.
A video has surfaced of a fight at Sunday’s regular-season home opener against the Seahawks. Although these kinds of things may be unavoidable when more than 90,000 people get together, strong efforts to deter violence, from a heavy presence of uniformed officers to a publicized strategy of dressing undercover cops like fans of the road team, can keep this kind of thing from happening.
Until that occurs, why would anyone take a child into an environment where that kind of activity can and does unfold? Apart from the violence, drunks and vulgar loudmouths should make anyone with a minor choose to tell little Timmy or Tammy that they’ll go to an NFL game when they turn 18 or 21.
On a positive note, a decision by families with children to stay away from games until more effective security measures are in place would help to bump up surprisingly sagging early-season ratings.