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Time To Move NBA Fans Back For Player Safety

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

There have been some very odd injuries to professional athletes in the history of sports with everything from breaking a glass table during a bad dream to sneezing sending players to the injury report.

This week saw a new low possibly in player injuries as the San Antonio Spurs’ Stephen Jackson sprained his ankle crashing into a server in front of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. This proves one very big fact to me in that fans shouldn’t be that close to the court. There should at least be some room between the court and the fans.

I get that Jackson stepped backwards and fell into the server but why are people so close anyway? Yes, those tickets mean big money to National Basketball Association teams, especially in Madison Square Garden but I really think reducing capacity just slightly to give the players some more room wouldn’t hurt anyone. There are many arenas throughout the NBA who aren’t selling out every game anyway and taking out just one or two rows of seats isn’t going to change the number of people at the game that much.

It is an issue of player safety to me at this point. The players get paid a ton of money to play a simple game and while the fans are paying for that salary to see their favorite players out there, I want everyone to be safer.

It may not be the most popular idea out there but there is no reason that someone can’t get out of their seat to get something to eat or drink and has to be waited on in the front row. The time has come to fix this.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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