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Do iPads Belong At Sporting Events?
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TreeInMyCube
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2/14/2012 | 10:06:40 PM
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That's a good point. Back in the days before Jumbotrons, people would bring transistor radios or little TVs to hear the commentators, or see instant replays. People can do that now, on smartphones, and there's no effectve way to ban those devices. What is different about an iPad vs. a smartphone?
RainyDayInterns
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2/11/2012 | 5:14:59 PM
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What you say may be true, but should the stadium be allowed to banned their use during a game? Seems kind of a reach as to what they are allow to control.
RainyDayInterns
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2/11/2012 | 5:13:06 PM
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The point made by the Yankees is totally lame. Do we really need them to be our nannies?
RainyDayInterns
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2/11/2012 | 5:09:40 PM
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If it does hot interfere with someone else's enjoyment of the event, why should it matter at all? As to the Yankee Stadium policy, it is completely disingenuous. If they were REALLY worried about their fans getting injured, they would put up a clear barrier.
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2/3/2012 | 5:26:30 PM
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I looked at this from an entirely different angle -- breakage and loss. I can put my smartphone in my pocket when I go to a sporting event, and it will stay relatively safe. Maybe I get hit by a pickpocket, maybe not. But iPads are much larger, and they're wayyy too easy to drop. I would feel really stupid replacing my $700 iPad because it fell out of my hands in the stands, or someone stole it while I was going to the bathroom. Bottom line: there are some locations where it really doesn't make sense to take your expensive tech devices.
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2/2/2012 | 8:57:22 PM
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Depends on the event, I guess. The Yankees make a good point about being aware in the stands, as most people at the games I go to aren't paying attention to anything around them to begin with -- an iPad would only make it worse. But, I think for events like March Madness, it would definitely come in handy during the down times. When you're going to the Big 10 Tournament, you're fine watching the later mathups like Michigan-Wisconsin or MSU vs. OSU...but early on, if Purdue's playing Northwestern, and there's nothing else to do, it gets pretty boring, and an iPad would come in handy.
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2/2/2012 | 8:26:00 PM
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I tend to agree with you Lois, i find the tech distracting. I have to admit, though, that lately i have used my iPad to video my kids' basketball and indoor soccer games, when my wife was at other events. So perhaps we'll have "no tech" sections at some point, like the no smoking sections of old or like the "family" sections with no alcohol.
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2/2/2012 | 7:49:37 PM
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I thought at first that maybe you were trolling but, sadly your ridiculous comment echoes a sentiment that far too many people in our society actually hold.

If a zealot were to attack a stadium full of people, they wouldn't waste their time with trying to rig a tablet size delivery device that worked well enough to fool security. If some zealot wanted to attack a stadium full of people, they would use a much cruder and much more effective device.

Stop living in irrational fear.
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2/2/2012 | 7:06:18 PM
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NO !
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2/2/2012 | 6:57:33 PM
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Who's to prevent some zealot from bringing in some harmful substance or creative WMD contained in the tablet to set off in the middle of a crowd. If I've thought of it, they (al Quaida, and others) already have. Unfortunately that is the state of the world today.
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