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Professional and College Sports Still Grappling with Security Issues

The question of security in major sports venues has been the subject of much contention, and even more so after 9/11. On September 19, 2002, at a Chicago White Sox baseball game in Comiskey Park, two fans jumped out of their seats and onto the field to attack Kansas City Royals first-base coach Tom Gamboa. While the coach only suffered a minor cut and bruises, a pocket-knife belonging to one of the attackers was found on the scene. College sports have not remained immune to this problem, as several weeks prior to this incident, controversy ensued as the University of Wisconsin refused to allow the University of West Virginia's mascot (the Mountaineer) to bring his musket into Camp Randall Stadium. The University of Wisconsin later allowed the musket to be discharged in the stadium, but not before numerous commentators began to weigh in on the debate.



The first link leads to a Chicago Sun-Times article on the attack during the baseball game, including several photographs of the accused attackers. The second site is a news article from the Kansas City Star offering a brief historical perspective on recent violent attacks with different sports venues. The third link is to a sports editorial by Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times discussing the implications of the attack. The fourth site leads to the official Chicago White Sox page that also has some additional coverage of the events. Lastly, the fifth link is to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette piece on the Mountaineer controversy, while the sixth link offers a commentary by Dave Kopel of the National Review on the imbroglio over allowing the musket into Camp Randall.

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2002
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2002-09-20

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