December 18, 2012
As we approach the end of the year, the excitement and frustration of seeing our teams either moving toward Superbowl glory or get knocked out for the season bring up lots of feelings. What can fans do to make their game day experience the best it can be, while still having fun? Here are a handful of holiday tips for improving your fan behavior.
1. Really monitor how much you drink. Drinking impairs one's ability to make good judgments and decisions. Drink responsibly or don't drink at all.
2. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the game, park and find your seat. Sometimes the stress of getting to the game can make the experience unpleasant or make one behave badly towards others.
3. Remember, everyone attending the game is there to have fun. Not everyone is going to like the same team or players you do. As the saying goes, "live and let live". Others have a right to like whomever they wish, and so do you.
4. Think about your behaviors. Ask yourself, is what I am doing going to negatively or positively impact those around me. Kindness goes a long way. If your respectful to those around you, they might in turn be respectful to you.
5. Remember, attending games is about having fun. Don't lose your perspective!
Ari Novick, Ph.D.
December 13, 2012
Most people who take our program, do so as a result of being ejected from a NFL or MLS game for violating the stadiums "fan code of conduct". What most people might be surprised to know is that only about .05% of fans ever get ejected from a game. The question we get asked the most is the following, "what is the major reason for a fan to get ejected?". The answer to that question is a bit complicated. Fans get ejected for reason that most would consider common sense, such as being reckless and intoxicated in public, starting a fight or excessive use of profanity.
The Fan Conduct Class was designed to help improve the game day experience and overall fan safety. We don't expect that fan violence will end as a result of this program, but we do hope that this program, in conjuntion with other league efforts will move toward this goal.
Attending games should be fun, exciting and enjoyable for everyone. Our hope is that this very small percentage of people that take our programs learn some new skills and gain some insight into how to behave more appropriately when they do attend their next game. For those that might have questions about our classes, please feel free to contact our office at 949-715-2694.
December 3, 2012
Although the recent article in The New York Times, "NFL-Approved Therapist for Fans Draws Scrutiny" made some important points, the article lost its focus on what’s important – that managing fan behavior at NFL sporting events enhances game experience and fan safety. Instead, the Times focused on areas of my biography that were out of date, citations that had not carried over from a prior, much larger program and two professional memberships that had lapsed. All of this has been fixed.
The Times also made reference to referral fees for professional services, which is simply inaccurate. For the last three years, I have worked closely with the NFL to create an online program to meet the needs for fan safety and improve the game day experience. My credentials have always been intact, I am both licensed, with advanced degrees, and specialize in this work. We have made great strides and we are proud of the momentum. The NFL and I will continue to move forward and make this program as strong as possible.
Ari Novick, Ph.D.
On January 10th, 2013 an article surfaced about this NYT writer. Not exactly the most credible reporter. Read here