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Don't be a jerk

The Ravens, in conjunction with the NFL, put out a press release this week re-emphasizing their commitment to maintaining the most fan-friendly environment at M&T Bank Stadium. The team will again open each game with the "Ravens Fan Credo,'' which reminds fans that poor behavior can lead to ejection and, for repeated offenders, the revocation of season tickets.

The Credo, which is read by the public address announcer, is highlighted by the phrase "Have fun, root hard, show respect for the fans around you, but...don't be a jerk."

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The team loves the fact that fans have taken to chanting "Don't be a jerk" at that point in the pre-game announcement, apparently unaware that the chant is actually directed at PA announcer and Fox/45 sports anchor Bruce Cunningham.

By the way, idiot fans who run onto the field this year will be charged with trespassing and, as a further deterent, will be forced to sit in the WBAL broadcast booth and listen to Stan White talk about Ohio State football during commercial breaks.

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OK, here's the league-wide policy:

NFL FAN CODE OF CONDUCT

"The National Football League and its teams are committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for all fans, both in the stadium and in the parking lot. We want all fans attending our games to enjoy the experience in a responsible fashion. When attending a game, you are required to refrain from the following behaviors:

· Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal in nature.

· Intoxication or other signs of alcohol impairment that results in irresponsible behavior.

· Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures.

· Interference with the progress of the game (including throwing objects onto the field).

· Failing to follow instructions of stadium personnel.

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· Verbal or physical harassment of opposing team fans.

"Event patrons are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests and/or persons occupying their seats. Stadium staff will promptly intervene to support an environment where event patrons, their guests, and other fans can enjoy the event free from the above behavior. Event patrons and guests who violate these provisions will be subject to ejection without refund and loss of ticket privileges for future games."


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