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Anthony Stalter

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Snyder Is Wrong

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Let me get this straight, the Washington Redskins are currently 2-5, are in last place in the NFC East and have an offense that is about as explosive as wet fireworks. Yet Daniel Snyder is banning fans from bringing banners and signs into games at FedEx Field?

Come again?

Tickets for Redskins' games range anywhere from $39.99 in the nose bleed section, to $9,249.00 for a corner suite. By the time you factor in parking, vending and souvenir costs, you need to take out a small loan just to go to the game.

For $9,249 a seat, one would think that you could call the Redskins' plays from the sidelines, yet Snyder won't even allow fans to carry in banners. That's absurd. If someone is going to fork over their hard earned money (whether it's $39.99 or $39,000) to go to a game, they should be allowed to bring a sign in the stadium that reads "Snyder $ucks," or "I'm missing reruns of Knight Rider for this?"

That said, if some jerk is going to write profanity on a piece of cardboard and bring that into the stadium, then Snyder and the Redskins have a responsibility to ensure that the banner is discarded. Just because fans pay for the ticket doesn't mean they have the right to say and do whatever they want. Children enjoying the game with their family shouldn't have to be subjected to bad language or derogatory messages.

But outside of those few idiots that want to participate in crude behavior, the bottom line is that Snyder is in the wrong here. If he doesn't want fans trashing on the team, then he needs to put a better product on the field. Fans should be viewed as stockholders, because they certainly invest money into the team just as Snyder does. As long as they do it in a respectable manner, they should be allowed to voice their displeasure for what's going on with their team.

What's funny about all of this is that the team says they don't care what the signs say, but they get in the way of other people watching the game. It makes sense on the surface, but people have been bringing banners and signs into games for years - why all of a sudden is it now a problem? And for a losing franchise for that matter?

The Redskins are a mess and this isn't a productive move by upper management. If Snyder were smart, he'd realize that what he's doing isn't working - both on and off the field.

By Anthony Stalter  |  October 30, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  | Category:  Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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No actually you are wrong. As a business owner he can charge whatever he wants.

Posted by: cashbo22 | October 30, 2009 2:53 PM

I would hope that football games are still civil places. Families attending have the right to not have to worry about their children being exposed to "R" rated vulgarities.

I also understand that fans want to express their frustrations with the team. It has been a tough couple of years but there are better forums for that kind of thing. I don't think this rule is about censoring public outrage, but about protecting our youngsters. Family-friendly is the goal here. If you don't believe me, then you can try riding home for two hours with twin 5-year-old boys chanting "F-word Dan Snyder!"

Posted by: wkate2 | October 30, 2009 3:08 PM

Cashbo22,

Based on your comment, you clearly didn't read the article before posting - just the title.

Of course Snyder can charge whatever he wants - that's not the debate. The debate is whether or not he should be allowed to ban fans from bringing signs (appropriate signs - right, WKATE2?) into games. And for that, he is wrong.

You're saying he's a business owner, but clearly he doesn't know much about business because he's upsetting his clients.

Not to smart.

Posted by: AnthonyStalter | October 30, 2009 5:13 PM

Not "too" smart that should read.

And WKATE2, I believe this paragraph in my post speaks to what you're talking about:

That said, if some jerk is going to write profanity on a piece of cardboard and bring that into the stadium, then Snyder and the Redskins have a responsibility to ensure that the banner is discarded. Just because fans pay for the ticket doesn't mean they have the right to say and do whatever they want. Children enjoying the game with their family shouldn't have to be subjected to bad language or derogatory messages.

Posted by: AnthonyStalter | October 30, 2009 5:16 PM

Snyder scares me.He is playing Fantasy Football like King G does with the Yankees. The problem is - he has a salary cap and can't go as wild (until maybe next year ?). If he is allowed to cut it lose - the seat prices will probably go up even more. The fans don't like this - I understand. Anyway, the point is like the writer says: Signs are fine if they are in good taste and not vulgar.But if they are clean and just stating their opinions, it should be fine,pro or con towards the ownership and his decisions.It's America right ?

Posted by: Bay44 | October 30, 2009 7:41 PM

A couple of points:

1. Synder needs to worry about the state of his Team, his coach, his QB and leave sign patrol to the ushers.

2. As the owner he can do what he wants but he should keep it to a higher level. There is a preception factor to consider.

3. People who pay to see anything deserve the right to safe enviorment.

4. What the hell does this have to do with the Yankees?

Posted by: D-Man1 | October 30, 2009 7:54 PM

Join the plan to turn FedEx Field itself into a sign Snyder can't ban:

http://fire-snyder-sign.blogspot.com/

Posted by: A1232 | October 31, 2009 8:50 PM

It's not a yankee thing and I don't want to change the topic. The reference is to the Washington fans being upset with their owner for trying to go out and spend money on these free agents and they end up with no chemisty and not a good team. The fans want football people making better decisions for their Redskins. Thats why the signs of displeasure.
Again,I do agree. Fans can bring signs and voice their opinions as long as they keep it clean and respectable.

Posted by: Bay44 | October 31, 2009 10:08 PM

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