After fan violence at Saturday’s San Francisco 49ers-Oakland Raiders preseason football game left two people in critical condition, the NFL will reportedly take the ball away from the Bay Area, placing the traditional game on hold. The league is expected to quietly do away with the preseason game for at least the next couple years.
According to an anonymous league source quoted by the Mercury News, there is “no way” the game will be played next year or in 2013, or possibly thereafter. According to the story, the league is not expected to make a formal announcement about the game’s cancellation, but the league could just leave the game off the schedule.
In Saturday’s incident, a pair of shootings — believed to have been sparked by bickering supporters of the teams — left the two fans wounded after the game.
I encountered and haplessly tried to break up a bathroom fight between Cardinals and Eagles fans at the NFC Championship Game in 2009. What’s the most dangerous situation you’ve encountered at a sporting event?
NFL source: No more 49ers-Raiders exhibition game [Mercury News]