It made big news last December when Major League Baseball sent a recommendation to the 30 teams that they extend the netting in front of the field-level seats of their parks. More than one lawsuit had been filed after fans had been injured by foul balls and, increasingly, jagged portions of bats.
The New York Times examined how teams had addressed the issue in an article that focused on Target Field in Minneapolis. Author Joe Nocera found that all big league teams are now in compliance with the new recommendations, and undoubtedly injuries are being reduced. But some fans object to having to view the game through netting, citing writer Stephen King as being particularly vocal in his opposition. And at the same time teams like the Braves are moving to provide better protection, they are giving their fans more reasons to be inattentive, like improving WiFi.