Redskins Ordered to Continue CaptionsBy Cauvin, Henri E.; Hendrix, Steve; Washington Post,
Publication Date: October 3, 2008
News feature on the continuation of captioned play-by-play at FedEx Field, home of the Redskins. According to the article, a federal judge in Greenbelt, Maryland, ruled that the Redskins must continue to run captioned play-by-play, and also begin showing the lyrics of songs played in the stadium, to offer deaf and hard-of-hearing fans the full game experience. The ruling came as a result of a lawsuit filed in 2006 by three hearing-impaired fans. After the lawsuit was filed, the Redskins voluntarily added captioning of every word spoken over the stadium public-access system onto the large LED midfield screens and on half of the television monitors around the stadium concourse; however, the new legal requirement guarantees that captioning of all aural information will continue uninterrupted. The ruling may have significance for other sport venues, as other stadiums will have to be brought into compliance with the law.
Published by: Washington Post Company (Website:http://www.washpostco.com)
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