...the Cavaliers have removed all the water fountains from their home arena...Still, I can't say it's LeBron James' fault like this article suggests.
fans can still get a free cup of water at any of the arena's concession stands. The reason for the ban on the fountains, according to the Cavaliers, is that they are interested in cutting down on the spread of the H1N1 virus. That sounds pretty reasonable, what with all the fears of the virus crushing this country the way that Avatar has crushed its box office competition.
It sounds a lot less reasonable, however, when you hear that the director of Cleveland's health department says that there's no indication that water fountains contribute to the spread of the dreaded swine flu. Safety first and all that, but we tend to take the advice of health professionals over basketball teams when it comes to avoiding illness. And, as with any decision by a revenue-generating concern, we tend to look for another explanation.
But industry response to the swine flu scare has rarely been highlighted, so this is interesting.