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Do iPads Belong At Sporting Events?
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User Rank: Apprentice
2/2/2012 | 5:58:26 PM
re: Do iPads Belong At Sporting Events?
Fun topic, but I'm torn on this one, Chris. If what you're using the device for adds to the experience of being at the game and enjoying the sport -- checking scores of other relevant games, checking player stats, looking at a replay you can't see while in the stadium -- they make sense. But if they are just for a distraction -- to connect with others on FB, to take and send and post photos that say "hey, look where I am?" -- they are part of the increasing circus that U.S. sports events are turning into and I hope they don't become the norm. It's an increasing battle, sometimes, to just get to focus on the actual game and a lot of us want to do just that.

But that's from a purist who got to sit in the premium front row seats at a Sox game last season and found the TVs available there more of a distraction than a help.

And as far as typing in cold temps, there are now texting gloves that keep you warm while distractedly typing (sigh).

Lois Paul
User Rank: Apprentice
2/2/2012 | 5:35:00 PM
re: Do iPads Belong At Sporting Events?
I think that making an issue out of this is a bigger problem than people using their iPads and such as a sporting event. If you go to a game and don't like the idea of it or just don't feel like using it, then don't use it. Case closed. I shouldn't have to listen to my friends debating this stadium wifi thing when we hang out. I don't care. Knowing that they have spent hundreds of dollars each to go to a single football game has damaged their credibility substantially in my mind. Paying hundreds of dollars to watch a bunch of millionaires get paid millions of dollars to throw a ball around at each other makes absolutely no sense at all to me.

However, these stadiums having wifi means that if once again given a ticket, I would consider going simply because it wouldn't cost me anything. Sitting in the stands, ignoring the game, browsing Reddit, IW and Amazon while checking out the hot women that got drug along by their lughead boyfriends sounds like a good time to me.

I bet if put in that situation, I could get my online holiday shopping done before half time and then spend the remainder of the game playing Battlenations.

Anywho, Chris, your article is filled with lots of really good information. Although I'm not a sports fan, I really enjoyed reading it. I'm also thrilled that you didn't fall into the same trap that so many other writers have fallen into on similar topics by stating something like "should it be allowed?".
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