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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Ballpark t-shirt case in Texas?

A woman wearing a "Yankees Suck" t-shirt was threatened with removal from The Ballpark in Arlington last week. And the story is drawing some national attention (ED: Contains video line; I removed video from post because it was playing automatically).

The Rangers have received a number of complaints about the word sucks and consider it impermissible profanity that is offensive to "many people." The woman is not talking about suing, only about wanting the Rangers to change their policy; she concedes that the park is private property (something I continue to dispute). She also makes the obvious-but-often-missed point that teams cannot ensure that no one ever is offended by what they happen to see and hear at the ballpark, especially if it is not in-your-face.

Even if there is no lawsuit, it is nice to have a ballpark-speech story with a singular (and seemingly sympathetic) face and story.


In my day—say, the mid-1980s—we watched John Denver matter-of-factly testify at the PMRC hearings (thanks again, Tipper) that fans at Yankee stadium, as well as those watching the game on national television, heard (a large, loud portion of) the crowd yelling "The Blue Jays Suck."

Have Texans have been sensitive to such language ever since? So much for the free-spirited cowboy culture.

(As a law question, can land conscripted under eminent domain really be considered private?)

Blogger Ken Houghton -- 5/31/2009 11:46 AM  

Clearly, the Texas Rangers front office has never visited Fenway Park. From the street salesmen to the in-game chant, you hear or see the "Yankee's Suck" slogan numerous if not hundreds of times.

This is a pure example of yester-years generation failing to accept the realities of today.

Anonymous william -- 6/01/2009 7:43 PM  

This is absolutely ridiculous. This is a free country - I like to poke fun at people wearing the opposing teams jersey when I'm at a live game. It just adds to the atmosphere, excitement and competitive nature of a game!


Anonymous Manly Men Men -- 6/03/2009 1:01 PM  

Is for real? A case just because of sports shirt. HOw ridiculous is this.

Anonymous Mayweather vs. Marquez -- 6/06/2009 2:58 PM  

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