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Fans Enthusiasm Creates Risks For Pro Sports Leagues, Their Insurers

Zealous sports fans have liability insurance companies caught in a rundown between the desire to get up-close and personal with superstar athletes and managements need to protect spectators from the inherent hazards of the sport.

The new generation of retro-style baseball stadiums was designed to bring fans closer to the action. The downside is that fans seated along the first- and third-base foul lines are only a split second away from being struck by a screaming line drive.

“Fans clamor to get closer to the action, and teams try to accommodate their wishes,” said Major League spokesperson Matthew Gould. “If a pitcher is throwing the ball at over 90 miles an hour, a homerun hitter can produce a foul ball with the velocity of a missile.”

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