Fans Rushing the Field or Court May Be Putting People at Risk

Officials warn something must be done to prevent melee at the end of games before someone gets hurt.
3:00 | 02/28/14

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Next here tonight, from celebration to chaos in an instant. A violent end to a heated basketball game has reignited a debate -- is it time to make sure fans cannot swarm the floor? ABC's Ron Claiborne shows us what happens. Reporter: It happened just seconds after Utah valley state's big win over conference rival New Mexico state. In a matter of seconds, a melee erupts as fans stormed the court to celebrate. Watch again. A New Mexico state player throws the ball at a Utah valley player about 15 feet away. Wow. Reporter: Then, with cheering fans surging onto the court and another New Mexico state player in the middle of the crowd, it turns ugly. A chaos of flying fists, grappling and bear hugs. While court stormings like this have become almost routine, it happens every time duke loses on the road, the top coach in game has had enough. We deserve that type of protection. Reporter: Officially, colleges say they discourage fans running onto the court. One conference even fines the home team but -- There's a mixed message. Don't like it," but they really do like it. Gives them an air of excitement. Many schools have security officers in place to quickly whisk away opposing teams and game officials. Some even monitor social media during games. But once the fans start surging, the crowd takes over. Now some team officials are speaking out, warning that something must be done. More security, harsher punishments, before someone gets seriously hurt. Ron Claiborne, ABC news, new York.

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