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Violence in Sports
With the increase in society taking a stance against violence by many people, sports has become an area
where some feel that the violent acts such as the hitting and fighting that occurs should be eliminated.
You can not change something that has been around for so long because it would change the aspect of the
game to something completely different. The elimination of violence should not be done in sport because
the violence is a part of the game which would only hurt its popularity.
The reasons that the violence is occurring in sport is due to six theories according to John
Schneider. "The violence in sport mirrors the violence found in society, violence as the result of
economic incentives, the influence of crowd behavior on player violence, genetic causation for player
aggression, learning theory and player aggression, and psychological stress and player violence"
The theories of sport mirroring society, violence as a result of economic incentive, and the
influence of the crowd behavior are the theories that I feel are responsible for the increasing violence
in sports. Most people when involved in a highly stressful situation where violence is around would
probably resort to a fight to resolve their differences. In sport, why should we expect any difference.
In events such as hockey games, where people are expected to hit and make body contact, sooner or later a
fight will break out and the fans will yell and scream for their favorite player involved. Like
anything, if people around us are applauding us for a certain act we have done, we will try to do it over
so that we will continue to be praised. In sports, there are some players whose only role on the team is
to protect and enforce the unwritten rules of the game such as in hockey where it is not right to fight
or hit a Wayne Gretezy or Mario Lemieux type of star player!
. His economic incentive is to protect the team and if he does not, a new line of work might be in the
future. All three of those theories relate closely to the role of the fighter in sport and why it is
that he does commit the acts of violence.
When leagues such as the National Football League (NFL) or the National Hockey League (NHL) are
asked to try and remove the violence from their sport, they are hesitant because it is not what the fans
want. "Bryant and Zillman report that television viewers enjoy NFL plays more when they are rough and
violent" (McPherson 294).
Why should these leagues remove the violence that is occurring if they are making money and
keeping people employed. The fans of the games want to see these situations and eliminating the fighting
aspect would hurt the support. When I watch a hockey game or any other sporting event with contact,
there is nothing better than seeing a good fight take place. "One of the best-selling videos in parts of
the Northeastern United States has been a collection of the best fights in the NHL" (McPherson 294).
Even former NHL president Clarence Campbell felt that the violence taking place in his sport was
called for and was reluctant to remove the fighting and the body contact because he knew that it is what
the majority of hockey fans want.
Fighting is a well-established safety valve for players. If violence ceases to exist, it will not be
the same game. Insofar as fighting is part of the show, we certainly sell it. We do not promote it.
We tolerate it and we bring it under disciplinary control which we believe satisfies the public (Snyder
Its better that the violence take place between two willing combatants such as in sports than in
a situation involving spousal abuse where the majority of the times the female is being attacked against
her consent. Allowing people not to be able vent their frustrations through sport in my mind would
increase the violence that is happening away from the playing field. It is a known fact that sports does
keep kids off the street ...
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