Ejected from an NFL game? Be prepared to study up if you want to come back again.
The league is requiring any fan who gets ejected from a game this season to take a four-hour online course focused on alcohol abuse, anger management and crude behavior before being allowed to return to the stadium, ESPN.com reported Friday.
Some teams have used the course before, and this season the NFL is making it a league-wide policy to take the course designed by psychotherapist Dr. Ari Novick as part of the expanded NFL Fan Code of Conduct. Ejected fans will be sent a letter that encourages them to apologize and take the course. Failure to do so could result in being arrested if they are found on stadium property.
Detroit and Atlanta charge $50 for the course, while the Patriots charge a league-high $100, according to the report.
"For decades, some fans have believed that when they put on the jersey of their favorite player on their favorite team and they enter a stadium, they can behave any way they want," Novick told ESPN.com. "This program was designed to say to people, 'We want you to have fun when you come to a game, but you have to understand that your actions can affect people and there are rules to abide by.'"