Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Says Play Ball, But With Fans In The Stands As Well

Long before he became the lieutenant governor of Texas, Dan Patrick was a TV and radio sports broadcaster. No, not the Dan Patrick from ESPN, but the one from Houston.

The Texas lieutenant governor authored an editorial in The Dallas Morning News on Friday that advocates not only for sports to reopen, but for their arenas to open as well—to the fans.

"I understand that the fans are as much a part of the game as the players, and there is no reason they can't attend the games when they begin again," Patrick

Though Patrick decided Dr. Fauci should not "anoint himself" as a sports commissioner, the lieutenant governor, himself, said how sports leagues could operate with fans. Here are some of the major points he laid out:

"A computer program can easily create a seating chart with appropriate social distancing and seating every other row. A group would be limited to four tickets per game sitting together and would be restricted from the first several rows near the field and where players enter the field. Suites would be limited to the same percentage of fans," Patrick wrote.

Patrick also gave his own tips on how to speed up the games, like instant replay taking only 60 seconds or the play stands. Batters get to step out and adjust their batting gloves just once per at bat. Zambonis should be faster on the ice, and limit the amount of timeouts in the last 60 seconds of basketball.

That way it "doesn't take five minutes to play the last minute."

And when the games are over? Fans exit by section in order to avoid overcrowded escalators and walkways. With just a third of the stadium in attendance, exiting might be easy anyway. Checking last year's Texas Rangers games might be a good indication.

As for indoor arenas, Patrick also recommended the same 30 percent rule, and the same sanitation guidelines. He said it's also the responsibility of the fans to do their part.

"If fans are going to attend games this year, they are going to have to give up a little to do so," Patrick wrote. "These are my ideas, and I welcome input from fans and teams to make my plan even better. Here's the bottom line — let's end all this talk about playing in empty stadiums. Let the games begin with fans in the seats."

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