You can’t bring bags into NFL games anymore. Or rather, you can’t bring in bags unless they’re either 1) small “clutch” bags or 2) “clear and made of plastic, vinyl, or PVC, with dimensions not exceeding 12 inches by six inches by 12 inches.” Which effectively means no bags that are at all useful:
As someone astutely mentioned on our FB page, NFL's new bag policy makes it impossible for children of a certain age range to attend games.
— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) June 13, 2013
The reason for the new league-wide policy, according to the NFL, is to “make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective” and “to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment.” Plus, of course, as a side benefit, it makes it easier to stop fans from bringing in outside food, drinks, cameras, or anything else that might get in the way of football teams ensuring that they pay captive-audience prices for any and all needs they might have during the game — can we interest you in a $5 Cowboys-logo souvenir diaper?
The only thing surprising here, really, is that the NFL is currently engaged in a very public war for customers with big-screen TVs, and telling people they can’t bring all their crap to the game that they paid $80 a ticket for is only going to make it more likely that they stay home. Maybe they have surveys that show that people will happily arrive empty-handed if they are lavished with enough WiFi access (for, um, the iPads that they’ll be carrying in their clear PVC bags?). Your guess is as good as mine — unless you really think it’s about making life easier for the poor bag-checkers, because suspension of disbelief has to have some limits.