Saturday, November 20, 2004

BASKET-BRAWL POLL. You can respond to an opinion poll at www.espn.com regading the "Basket-brawl" Friday night in Detroit. The poll has sharp questions. Responses thus far are pointed.

ALCOHOL: IGNITING FUEL. If you've been to a professional sporting event, you know the ungodly amount of alcohol that is consumed. This is the fuel that ignites mob behavior. Want better fans? For starters, stop serving alcohol after half-time.

DENIAL-FOR-DOLLARS. America has a major problem with alcohol in spectator sports. Friday night's melee between fans and players in Detroit is the tip of an unstable iceberg. And no amount of denial-for-dollars paid by the alcohol industry should stop every professional sports organization from addressing it directly and firmly.

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