Meanwhile, in Boston last week there was a move afoot in the city council and in the Massachusetts state legislature to regulate the sale of beer in the stands at Fenway Park and the Boston Garden. State Senator Michael LoPresti Jr., who went to a recent Bruin playoff game and left after the first period, decided to take action after witnessing a fairly typical melee. "There was beer throwing, fist fighting and every profanity in the book," LoPresti said.
LoPresti and State Representative Royal Boiling Jr., co-chairmen of the legislature's Special Commission on Spectator Violence at Sporting Events, have opened hearings on the matter and hope to come up with corrective legislation.
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Short on money and confined to amateur status, U.S. badminton players have been struggling for years to fight off the notion that their sport lacks pizzazz.
Last month the International Badminton Federation allowed the sport to go open, and now, with the prospect of tournament purses, world-class players from Denmark and Sweden will probably display their fast indoor game in the U.S. "We hope to have an international tournament this fall," says Paul DeLoca, president of the U.S. Badminton Players Association. "If all goes well, we could be competitive with major badminton countries in six to eight years."