Attention Sports Fans, Fight Song Lyrics Available Upon RequestFri Oct 03, 2008 @ 04:03PM PST
By Eriq Gardner
Some good news for the sheet music industry.
Citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams has ordered the Washington Redskins to provide its fans who can't hear very well with "equal access to aural content" in the team's stadium. That includes music lyrics, ads and other broadcasts on the public-address system.
"Now that the court has addressed it, we are exploring alternatives to provide the words to the songs played during cheerleader dance routines," said the team.
Joseph Espo, a lawyer for three Redskins fans who filed the lawsuit in 2006, says the ruling is likely to affect other sports venues.