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Are drones really a threat to professional sports?

Are drones really a threat to professional sports? 2018-05-11
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There’s a debate brewing among professional sports leagues and varying levels of government about drones.

The free flying drones are becoming more and more common at events. Whether it is someone sneaking a peak, capturing some video or potentially something more sinister.

The number of incidents is growing – and it has some people worried.

With most stadiums now seating anywhere from 40,000 (baseball) to 150,000 (NASCAR) there are questions of fan safety and even security.

Odds are there are also massive liability issues.

Some owners and leagues want to deploy drone counter-measures. Some want tighter laws. Others are expecting on-site law enforcement.

Now is this a case of legislation not keeping pace with technology? Just how big of a threat are drones and is this really cause for concern? And if so, what can actually be done. Open air events with remote controlled air-craft seem very difficult to police, control or regulate.

If you need to know more – this is where the experts from Farmingdale State College can help.

Dr. Michael Canders is an Associate Professor and Director of the Aviation Center at Farmingdale. He has flown airplanes and helicopters for over four decades and is an expert in aviation, safety and drones. Michael is available to speak about this topic – simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.

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Stadium and team owners see drones as major league threat

On the sunday after thanksgiving, sacramento resident tracy mapes drove to santa clara, flew a drone over levi's stadium and dropped a payload of leaflets espousing his conspiracy theories over the san francisco 49ers-seattle seahawks game. he then headed across the bay to the oakland raiders game intent on doing the same. a year ago this month, a san diego bartender crashed his drone into a fan at the padres' petco park. while mapes was later arrested and the bartender was tracked down and fined, team security and local police were unable to stop the flights - whether with high-tech jammers or other means - for fear of violating federal law.

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