The National Basketball Association is planning to set new security guidelines for its arenas in the wake of a brawl involving players and fans in Detroit.
NBA commissioner David Stern said Tuesday that new security guidelines will be issued in early January. The league is exerting more authority over arena security, which was previously left to individual teams. Stern says the November 19 altercation exposed current policies as inadequate.
An on-court fight between Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers players spilled into the stands. The brawl led to three Indiana players being suspended for 25 or more games - including an unprecedented season-long penalty for Ron Artest. Several fans identified from video of the melee could be facing legal action soon.
Some information for this report provided by AP.