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Rams agreed to pay for security at Coliseum, which may need more of it

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  The Seattle Seahawks kick off to the Los Angeles Rams to start the home opening NFL game at the Los Angeles Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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25 Responses to “Rams agreed to pay for security at Coliseum, which may need more of it”
  1. thingamajig says: Sep 19, 2016 5:57 PM

    It’s the L.A. Coliseum, not located in a great part of town, anyone surprised?

  2. handsatlanta says: Sep 19, 2016 6:09 PM

    Not just Los Angeles. Miami is fairly mellow when it comes to that but even sitting in the family section {no alcohol allowed} I’d still never take a child to an NFL game there. Too much profanity and too many stupids.

  3. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 19, 2016 6:14 PM

    Agreed. Live Football games are for subhumans.

  4. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Sep 19, 2016 6:14 PM

    I never brought my kids to an NFL game. It’s not just fights. The number of drunk idiots is off the charts. Even for preseason games.

  5. JSpicoli says: Sep 19, 2016 6:15 PM

    The LA Coliseum is a pit and brings in quite the ugly crowd. When the Raiders moved to LA is when their fan base began being called hoodlums etc., and that would be correct. This was not the case in Oakland pre-1983, or today. LA is the cesspool.

  6. natelan says: Sep 19, 2016 6:16 PM

    Good. See everyone? Tell the billionaires that we aren’t paying for their shiz anymore, and they will have no choice but to pay for it themselves.

    If too much of their finances are tied-up in the actual team, to be able to afford something like a new stadium, or increased security… Then make them sell all or some of their stake in the team to cover it.

    “My last billion dollars are tied-up in the franchise” is not a valid excuse to throw money at these people. There are hundreds, if not thousands of qualified wealthy individuals who would be happy to buy you out of your cash cow. Otherwise, sell, cash your check and push off.

  7. heelturn31 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:17 PM

    “They love football in L.A.!!!”

  8. ispeakthetruthraiders says: Sep 19, 2016 6:20 PM

    They already have undercovers in away team’s gear.. Been doing that for years

  9. mrf47 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:25 PM

    I’ve been to numerous MLB, NBA and NHL games where this type of Dbag behavior isn’t tolerated. Until NFL owners realize they are enabling the worst of their fans, I’ll be staying away from buying tickets.

  10. borbinski says: Sep 19, 2016 6:34 PM

    Went to New Orleans last week for Raiders – Saints game. A lot of families at that game. Pretty cools place.

  11. Ivan Pavlov says: Sep 19, 2016 6:35 PM

    Considering Rams ticket prices, Gronke can afford to provide the security necessary to make the stadium family friendly. People can yell at Goff for being an overpaid useless bench warmer without resorting to a litany of profanity. If you use some creativity you might even get his attention.

    And everyone knows the people who really deserve to be cursed out are the ones in the car directly in front of you when you’re trying to drive home. Driving in LA traffic is rarely family-friendly. Religious orientation makes no difference whatsoever.

  12. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 19, 2016 7:09 PM

    That dad should take his son to ballet, not football.

  13. tmsclade says: Sep 19, 2016 7:10 PM

    This fight wasn’t that bad. The video of the brawl in the stands there during the Chiefs and Rams game in the preseason was way more entertaining.

  14. shadywarrior says: Sep 19, 2016 7:13 PM

    Totally understand wanting to quickly get your kid out of harm’s way when a couple idiots start brawling, but the “HELP! HELP! HELP!” from dad there was laugh out loud funny. So dramatic. Somebody confiscate his Man Card, shred it up into little pieces, and sprinkle it over his head like confetti.

  15. frankiesweep says: Sep 19, 2016 7:21 PM

    All gangs all the time. Enjoy those games LA….. But be sure to pack some brass knux….

  16. nflinvegas says: Sep 19, 2016 7:25 PM

    Only a few fights, that is amazing.

  17. mogogo1 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:28 PM

    Crazily, they’re spending $200,000 for on-duty police at every home game with none of the costs being covered. Where I live it’s typically an off-duty gig where the police are allowed to wear their uniforms but get paid directly for their time with there being zero department costs since it’s only off-duty personnel.

  18. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 19, 2016 7:31 PM

    Its so NFL that they suspend players for Marijuana and DUIs yet half the Stadiums are full of DUI degenerates

    Besides the Browns sucking it isnt a fun environment with the drunks, jerks and 63,000 head coaches in the stands and then the pansies to are too lazy to get off their donkeys

  19. mcjon22 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:45 PM

    There’s no way I would take my child to an NFL game until they were in high school.

    Just the stupidity and profanity alone would keep me away, never mind the drunks.

    I can take them to. College football game (as long as it’s not an in-state rival) and it’s completely opposite.

    Majority are college educated and most schools don’t serve alcohol at games anyway.

  20. fin72 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:48 PM

    The way that dad reacts you’d think he and his kid were getting attacked by Jason Vorhees.

  21. fatsolio says: Sep 19, 2016 7:55 PM

    America at its finest right there in that video. Greatest country in the world though where you have people who can’t even go to a freaking football game without getting into a fight.

  22. rcali says: Sep 19, 2016 9:02 PM

    I don’t understand, why is the area around the coliseum so dangerous?

  23. maverick2560 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:39 PM

    The NFL ‘s lack of commitment to security is appalling. To leave it up to local security forces hired at the lowest fee by local teams or
    stadium authorities is stupid.
    Just wear an opposing hat or shirt in Philly or Pittsburgh and see
    what happens. ( The Rooney’s should be ashamed of themselves for
    not aggressively facing the issue.) one is risking problems.
    When a harassed person asks for help from big fat security persons
    they often pretend to see nothing.
    With all the money the teams are making perhaps they should
    pay for more professional security .
    I am not anti- alcohol but you can see the difference between a college
    crowd and a pro crowd.

  24. aaaegs says: Sep 20, 2016 12:00 AM

    Went to games in St Louis since 1999 and saw no fights

  25. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 20, 2016 3:23 PM

    I was at that game as a Seahawk fan with my 8 year old son. We had the misfortune of sitting next to a group of 50-60 year old Ram fans with the mentality of 12 year olds who wouldn’t shut up all game with their antagonizing and cursing. I was able to ignore them for the most part, but I’m sure not many other people would have been able to put up with them. There were even other Rams fans telling them to shut up. I don’t know what it is about NFL games that leads people to act like unhinged subhumans, but it would be great if the NFL could clean it up and make games a family friendly atmosphere. Maybe stop with the alcohol sales. It’s just sad that I can’t take my kid to a game to see his favorite players and team in person without having to put up with degenerates and drunks who seemingly only go to games to make it miserable for everyone around them.

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