I searched through LSBfor some comments on this story and couldn't find any. There are a handful of sports stories that come out every year that point out some fairly significant problems we have in society. The jackass that was eight times the legal limit and driving without a license mowing down Nick Adenhart in 2009 was senseless - just as an example. I know that a guy getting his skull kicked in is different, but to me it's equally disturbing. I absolutely understand that Bryan Stow (or anyone) wearing a Giants jersey to a Dodgers game isn't a great idea, but to me, that's a lot like blaming the 11 year old girl in Cleveland, Texas for being raped by 20 guys aged 16-27. Just because a guy wears a Giants jersey in a hostile environment doesn't mean it's all right to kill him. The "debate" on the ESPN clip IS a sad commentary on society.
Alcohol is relevant discussion here, but it is very unreasonable to expect sports venues to stop serving alcohol. You could make the penalties to venues severe, but so many people drink outside the parks and/or before the games that it would be impossible to police it. Besides, there are dozens if not hundreds of ways to buy alcohol in the park without having to see the same vendor twice, so that's not workable.
These stories suck.