Lawmakers Consider California Sporting Event Ban For Violent Fans

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – A bill introduced in the state Assembly could have violent sports fans watching their favorite teams from the couch.

AB2464 by Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles would create a “ban list” barring unruly fans from attending professional sports games anywhere in the state. Once fans are on the list, they would be banned from attending any professional sporting event in California for up to five years.

Fans caught violating the ban could be fined up to $10,000 and put in jail for up to a year.

KCBS’ Rebecca Corral Reports:

The Sacramento Bee reports that the ban would apply only to those convicted of felonies, such as assault.

Gatto said his bill is intended to prevent violence such as last year’s near-fatal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow.

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