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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Why fan speech matters

If you want proof that sports fan speech matters, that it has strong political content, and that the stands of sporting events are a site for genuine First Amendment activity, look no further than last night's Boston Bruins game, the first game played in Boston since the Marathon bombing.


Sporting events remain the only place in which adults regularly gather and engage in patriotic rituals, so the game marked one of the first ordinary events in which people could come together in an expression of patriotism, support, and healing in the wake of a tragedy. It is a great moment--and also an unquestionably political one and an unquestionably expressive one.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on April 18, 2013 at 08:19 PM in Constitutional thoughts, First Amendment, Howard Wasserman | Permalink


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The Bruins tribute to the victims, and the fans singing the anthem today, before the B's game against the Penguins:


Posted by: Dawinder S. Sidhu | Apr 20, 2013 1:26:22 PM

Explosions were four blocks from my old law firm, and the search in Watertown is right where I used to live. I love my job in faraway North Dakota, but wish I were back home right now.

Posted by: Steven R. Morrison | Apr 19, 2013 4:27:44 PM

Very powerful video. People from Boston are tough and resilient bunch of people

Posted by: Tate | Apr 19, 2013 2:07:46 PM

Many thanks for posting this. Edmonton Oilers fans customarily sing part of the Canadian national anthem before games -- even as an American, I've found that informal tradition to be compelling. I was moved by the Bruins fans powerful, collective display of national pride and unity. Thanks again!

Posted by: Dawinder S. Sidhu | Apr 19, 2013 11:19:25 AM

Many thanks for posting this video. It's quite moving.

Posted by: Alexander Tsesis | Apr 18, 2013 9:52:26 PM

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