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 thehitting and fighting that occurs should be eliminated. You can not changesomething that has been around for so long because it would change the aspect ofthe game to something completely different. The elimination of violence shouldnot be done in sport because the violence is a part of the game which would onlyhurt its popularity.

The reasons that the violence is occurring in sport is dueto six theories according to John Schneider. “The violence in sport mirrorsthe violence found in society, violence as the result of economic incentives,the influence of crowd behavior on player violence, genetic causation for playeraggression, learning theory and player aggression, and psychological stress andplayer violence” (Lapchick 230). The theories of sport mirroring society,violence as a result of economic incentive, and the influence of the crowdbehavior are the theories that I feel are responsible for the increasingviolence in sports. Most people when involved in a highly stressful situationwhere violence is around would probably resort to a fight to resolve theirdifferences. In sport, why should we expect any difference.

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In events such ashockey games, where people are expected to hit and make body contact, sooner orlater a fight will break out and the fans will yell and scream for theirfavorite player involved. Like anything, if people around us are applauding usfor a certain act we have done, we will try to do it over so that we willcontinue to be praised. In sports, there are some players whose only role on theteam is to protect and enforce the unwritten rules of the game such as in hockeywhere it is not right to fight or hit a Wayne Gretezy or Mario Lemieux type ofstar 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 relateclosely to the role of the fighter in sport and why it is that he does committhe acts of violence. When leagues such as the National Football League (NFL) orthe National Hockey League (NHL) are asked to try and remove the violence fromtheir sport, they are hesitant because it is not what the fans want.

“Bryant and Zillman report that television viewers enjoy NFL plays morewhen they are rough and violent” (McPherson 294). Why should these leaguesremove the violence that is occurring if they are making money and keepingpeople employed. The fans of the games want to see these situations andeliminating the fighting aspect would hurt the support. When I watch a hockeygame or any other sporting event with contact, there is nothing better thanseeing a good fight take place. “One of the best-selling videos in parts ofthe Northeastern United States has been a collection of the best fights in theNHL” (McPherson 294).

Even former NHL president Clarence Campbell felt thatthe violence taking place in his sport was called for and was reluctant toremove the fighting and the body contact because he knew that it is what themajority of hockey fans want. Fighting is a well-established safety valve forplayers. If violence ceases to exist, it will not be the same game. Insofar asfighting is part of the show, we certainly sell it. We do not promote it.

Wetolerate it and we bring it under disciplinary control which we believesatisfies the public (Snyder 201). Its better that the violence take placebetween two willing combatants such as in sports than in a situation involvingspousal abuse where the majority of the times the female is being attackedagainst her consent. Allowing people not to be able vent their frustrationsthrough sport in my mind would increase the violence that is happening away fromthe playing field. It is a known fact that sports does keep kids off the streetand away from gangs which is why you see so many athletic and boxing clubs beingrun out of the inner city. It is allowing the youth to take that hostility outon a willing participant who is ready and consenting rather than against aninnocent bystander.

Some individuals have gone as far as saying that sport iscreating a deviant subculture where these athletes are becoming the opposite ofwhat was intended for them. “The emphasis in formalized sport on victorymay, in fact, promote deviant behavior and poor sportsmanship” (Snyder101). I would have to totally disagree with the above quote because being anathlete myself, I can never recall a time when I could have related my deviantbehavior to my sporting past.

Sports does not promote poor sportsmanship, itcreates a drive to succeed within yourself and to try to do the best at whateveryou do whether it be in sports, school or at a job. The violence that isoccurring today is not occurring more than it was ten or twenty years ago likesome people might suggest, it is only being shown and talked about more by themass media. If there is one group to blame for the increase in violence I feelthat it would be the media, not the athletes themselves. If you turn on thetelevision to watch a sportscast, it will always glorify an act of violence likea “hit of the night” or repeats of some type of fight whether it be inhockey, boxing or a bench-clearing brawl in baseball. I can recall on numerousoccasions where the media has hyped up a hockey game involving two “toughguys” and creating a hysteria in sporting world wanting to see the outcomeof the fight. Is this wrong for the media to be encouraging and glorifying theviolence in sport? I don’t think so because the fans want to see it and like itor not, it is here to stay.

Look at sports like boxing for example, who relieson the media to increase the sports fans interest in an upcoming match. When youcan only fit approximately “17,000 people” into a Las Vegas boxingarena, the money is not made at the gate (Lunney 39). Millions and millions ofdollars are gathered from pay-per- view television where again millions ofspectators are waiting to see the outcome of a match like the one two weeks agoinvolving Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno where Tyson made an easy “$30million” Lunney 39). We as society are attracted to this sort of sportviolence and there is nothing we can do about it to change it. Should we takesteps to discourage the violence in sports is a question that is being askedtoday due to the glorification of certain events like University of Moncton-Universityof Prince Edward Island hockey game where a referee was assaulted on the iceafter disallowing then allowing the same goal. This kind of violence occurs verylittle in the sport of hockey considering the amount of games that are playedthroughout the year. Sure there are acts like these but they are not the norm.It would be hard to eliminate violence that is in sport because it has beenthere for so long and is a part of the game.

Fans do not want to see it beremoved because it is sometimes the only part of the game that is interesting ifthe game is dull. Players know that a good, solid hit or a bit fight cansometimes put momentum on their side giving them extra drive to pull ahead inthe game. Violence in sport is not having a negative effect on society, it isonly allowing fans to ! enjoy themselves while they are watching a particularsport. Yes there are instances where players and fans do go overboard and getcarried away causing fights and sometimes riots, but it is not very often. Whenit does happen, it is glorified so that people think sports are played by bozosand goons who can only fight.

The violence that is in sport is here to stay andshould be left that way so that the real fans who know what is going on canenjoy the sport that they have took an interest in instead of media types andothers who do not have a clue in what they are talking about when saying thatthe violence in sports should be eliminated. Bibliography Aberdeen, R. (1995,Mar.).

“Participant observation and research into football hooliganism:Reflections on the problems of entree and everyday risks.” Sociology ofSport Journal 12, 1-20. Family Violence Prevention Fund. “Calling foul:Sports and domestic violence”. http//.www.icg.apc.

org/fund/men/sports. htmlGantz, W. (1995, Mar.). “Fanship and the television sports viewingexperience.” Sociology of Sport Journal 12, 56-74.

Lapchick, R. (Ed.).(1986). Fractured focus. Lexington, MA.: Lexington Books. Lunney, D.

(1996,March 26). Refs on run: Abuse of officials on rise in Manitoba. Winnipeg Sun, p.

39. McPherson, B. D., Curtis, J.

E., ; Loy, J. W. (1989). The socialsignificance of sport. Champaign, IL.: Human Kenetics Books. Messner, M.

A.,; Sabo, D. F. (1994). Sex, violence and power in sports. Freedom, CA.: TheCrossing Press. Snyder, E.

E., ; Spreitzer, E. A. (1983).

Social aspects ofsport. Englewood Cliffs, NJ.: Prentice-Hall Inc. Abstract In this essay, themain topic was to show that although there is an increase in the amount ofviolence that is occuring in sports, it should not be eliminated from the gamesthat it is being used in. Although there has been a call by some to haveviolence such as fighting and body contact eliminated from games such as hockey,the reason that it is good to have these acts is because it allows you to ventyour fustration out on a willing opponent instead of taking t out on anunsuspecting individual like a spouse or child.

The violence that is being usedin sports should stay in the game due to its popularity and for those whobelieve that it should be eliminated should learn what they are talking aboutbefore such comments are made to ruin the games that we enjoy.

Violence In Sports

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. d, punched, slapped, pushed and kicked Mr. Camacho, the suit says, injuring his neck, arms, torso and face and causing him severe pain and suffering and emotional distress.(Chicago Times) This event may or may not have been prevented by the selling of alcoholic beverages, but it does portray the violent nature of the pro athletes and the fans of pro sports.

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These crazed fans need to stop their violent nature before more people are injured and killed. Society has a lasting effect on how professional sports should be played, and the general attitude is the acceptance of violence because the pro sports generate too much money to do without it. Violence and pro sports have coexisted for a long time.Violence occurs by the athletes while they are playing their sport and off the field as well.

One such incident on the field occurred in the NFL in 1977. The Cincinnati Bengals were playing the Denver Broncos, and a player from Denver struck a player from Cincinnati in the back of the neck. Mr. Hackbart later felt great pain and, after seeing a doctor, learned that he had a serious neck fracture.In Hackbart vs.

Cincinnati, the trial court ruled that intentional injuries incurred during a game should be outside the framework of the law.(Rowe) With the increase in society taking a stand against violence, pro sports have become an area where some feel that the violent acts such as the hitting and fighting that occurs should be eliminated. Most people in our society, however, believe that you cannot change something that has been around for so long because it would change the aspect of the game to something completely different. The reasons that the violence is occurring in sports are 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 (Lapchick 230).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. 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.

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 Gretzky 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 the NFL or the 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). We tolerate it and we bring it under disciplinary control, which we believe satisfies the public (Snyder 201).

A part of society that should hold a lot of the blame for this acceptance of violence in pro sports is the media. Whenever Sportscenter comes on ESPN it always glorifies an act of violence such as the hit of the night or repeats of some type of fight whether it be in hockey, boxing or a bench-clearing brawl in baseball.When you can only fit approximately 17,000 people into a Las Vegas boxing arena, the money is not made at the gate (Lunney 39).

The general consensus is that sports violence is reflective to the violence that happens in our society. Professional athletes have a tremendous amount of determination and competitiveness about them that is rarely seen anywhere else, but they are becoming less and less of role models because of their violent nature while they are playing their sport and the crimes that are being committed away from the sport. The high salaries, involvement of fans, and society are three theories as to why athletes are prone to act in such a violent way.

The high salaries that athletes make is what drives them to violently play their sport, because they are rewarded most of the time for this style of play.The fans of professional sports cheer on their teams, especially when they see a player or players get injured from the opponents team. Society has come to accept the fact that violence in pro sports will never decease because of the revenue that is involved in the games. These facts are all sad but true, and the people in our society that are going to suffer the most from the violence are the kids. Since most pro athletes are deemed as role models, kids who see them on TV are going to think that there actions are okay to follow by, regardless if it is a basketball player throwing a punch or a baseball player charging the pitcher. Pro athletes, fans, and society need to all evaluate themselves and try to make a change for the better that decreases the violence.

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The Social Significance of Sport. 21 August 1989 SIRS CD-ROM Snyder, E.E. Social Aspects of Sport.

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Violence In Sports

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” (Lapchick 230).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.

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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 201).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 and away from gangs which is why you see so many athletic and boxing clubs being run out of the inner city. It is allowing the youth to take that hostility out on a willing participant who is ready and consenting rather than against an innocent bystander. Some individuals have gone as far as saying that sport is creating a deviant subculture where these athletes are becoming the opposite of what was intended for them.

“The emphasis in formalized sport on victory may, in fact, promote deviant behavior and poor sportsmanship” (Snyder 101). I would have to totally disagree with the above quote because being an athlete myself, I can never recall a time when I could have related my deviant behavior to my sporting past. Sports does not promote poor sportsmanship, it creates a drive to succeed within yourself and to try to do the best at whatever you do whether it be in sports, school or at a job. The violence that is occurring today is not occurring more than it was ten or twenty years ago like some people might suggest, it is only being shown and talked about more by the mass media. If there is one group to blame for the increase in violence I feel that it would be the media, not the athletes themselves.If you turn on the television to watch a sportscast, it will always glorify an act of violence like a “hit of the night” or repeats of some type of fight whether it be in hockey, boxing or a bench-clearing brawl in baseball.

I can recall on numerous occasions where the media has hyped up a hockey game involving two “tough guys” and creating a hysteria in sporting world wanting to see the outcome of the fight. Is this wrong for the media to be encouraging and glorifying the violence in sport? I don’t think so because the fans want to see it and like it or not, it is here to stay. Look at sports like boxing for example, who relies on the media to increase the sports fans interest in an upcoming match. When you can only fit approximately “17,000 people” into a Las Vegas boxing arena, the money is not made at the gate (Lunney 39).Millions and millions of dollars are gathered from pay-per- view television where again millions of spectators are waiting to see the outcome of a match like the one two weeks ago involving Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno where Tyson made an easy “$30 million” Lunney 39). We as society are attracted to this sort of sport violence and there is nothing we can do about it to change it. Should we take steps to discourage the violence in sports is a question that is being asked today due to the glorification of certain events like University of Moncton-University of Prince Edward Island hockey game where a referee was assaulted on the ice after disallowing then allowing the same goal.

This kind of violence occurs very little in the sport of hockey considering the amount of games that are played throughout the year. Sure there are acts like these but they are not the norm.It would be hard to eliminate violence that is in sport because it has been there for so long and is a part of the game. Fans do not want to see it be removed because it is sometimes the only part of the game that is interesting if the game is dull. Players know that a good, solid hit or a bit fight can sometimes put momentum on their side giving them extra drive to pull ahead in the game. Violence in sport is not having a negative effect on society, it is only allowing fans to ! enjoy themselves while they are watching a particular sport. Yes there are instances where players and fans do go overboard and get carried away causing fights and sometimes riots, but it is not very often.

When it does happen, it is glorified so that people think sports are played by bozos and goons who can only fight. The violence that is in sport is here to stay and should be left that way so that the real fans who know what is going on can enjoy the sport that they have took an interest in instead of media types and others who do not have a clue in what they are talking about when saying that the violence in sports should be eliminated. Bibliography Aberdeen, R. (1995, Mar.).

“Participant observation and research into football hooliganism: Reflections on the problems of entree and everyday risks.” Sociology of Sport Journal 12, 1-20. Family Violence Prevention Fund. “Calling foul: Sports and domestic violence”. http//.

www.icg.apc.org/fund/men/sports. html Gantz, W.(1995, Mar.). “Fanship and the television sports viewing experience.

” Sociology of Sport Journal 12, 56-74. Lapchick, R. (Ed.). (1986). Fractured focus.Lexington, MA.

: Lexington Books. Lunney, D. (1996, March 26). Refs on run: Abuse of officials on rise in Manitoba. Winnipeg Sun, p.39. McPherson, B. D.

, Curtis, J. E., & Loy, J. W.(1989). The social significance of sport.

Champaign, IL.: Human Kenetics Books. Messner, M. A., & Sabo, D. F.

(1994). Sex, violence and power in sports. Freedom, CA.: The Crossing Press. Snyder, E. E., & Spreitzer, E.

A. (1983). Social aspects of sport. Englewood Cliffs, NJ.: Prentice-Hall Inc. Abstract In this essay, the main topic was to show that although there is an increase in the amount of violence that is occuring in sports, it should not be eliminated from the games that it is being used in.

Although there has been a call by some to have violence such as fighting and body contact eliminated from games such as hockey, the reason that it is good to have these acts is because it allows you to vent your fustration out on a willing opponent instead of taking t out on an unsuspecting individual like a spouse or child.The violence that is being used in sports should stay in the game due to its popularity and for those who believe that it should be eliminated should learn what they are talking about before such comments are made to ruin the games that we enjoy.

Violence in Sports

With the increase in society taking a stance against violence by many people, sports has become an areawhere 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 thegame to something completely different. The elimination of violence should not be done in sport becausethe 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 JohnSchneider.

“The violence in sport mirrors the violence found in society, violence as the result ofeconomic incentives, the influence of crowd behavior on player violence, genetic causation for playeraggression, 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 theinfluence of the crowd behavior are the theories that I feel are responsible for the increasing violencein sports. Most people when involved in a highly stressful situation where violence is around wouldprobably 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 afight will break out and the fans will yell and scream for their favorite player involved. Likeanything, if people around us are applauding us for a certain act we have done, we will try to do it overso that we will continue to be praised. In sports, there are some players whose only role on the team isto protect and enforce the unwritten rules of the game such as in hockey where it is not right to fightor 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 thefuture.

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All three of those theories relate closely to the role of the fighter in sport and why it isthat he does commit the acts of violence. When leagues such as the National Football League (NFL) or the National Hockey League (NHL) areasked to try and remove the violence from their sport, they are hesitant because it is not what the fanswant. “Bryant and Zillman report that television viewers enjoy NFL plays more when they are rough andWhy should these leagues remove the violence that is occurring if they are making money andkeeping people employed.

The fans of the games want to see these situations and eliminating the fightingaspect 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 ofthe 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 wascalled for and was reluctant to remove the fighting and the body contact because he knew that it is whatFighting is a well-established safety valve for players.

If violence ceases to exist, it will not bethe 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 ina situation involving spousal abuse where the majority of the times the female is being attacked againsther consent. Allowing people not to be able vent their frustrations through sport in my mind wouldincrease the violence that is happening away from the playing field. It is a known fact that sports doeskeep kids off the street and away from gangs which is why you see so many athletic and boxing clubs beingrun out of the inner city.

It is allowing the youth to take that hostility out on a willing participantwho is ready and consenting rather than against an innocent bystander.Some individuals have gone as far as saying that sport is creating a deviant subculture wherethese athletes are becoming the opposite of what was intended for them. “The emphasis in formalizedsport on victory may, in fact, promote deviant behavior and poor sportsmanship” (Snyder 101).I would have to totally disagree with the above quote because being an athlete myself, I cannever recall a time when I could have related my deviant behavior to my sporting past. Sports does notpromote poor sportsmanship, it creates a drive to succeed within yourself and to try to do the best atwhatever you do whether it be in sports, school or at a job.

The violence that is occurring today is not occurring more than it was ten or twenty years agolike some people might suggest, it is only being shown and talked about more by the mass media. If thereis one group to blame for the increase in violence I feel that it would be the media, not the athletesthemselves. If you turn on the television to watch a sportscast, it will always glorify an act ofa “hit of the night” or repeats of some type of fight whether it be in hockey, boxing or a bench-clearingbrawl in baseball. I can recall on numerous occasions where the media has hyped up a hockey gameinvolving two “tough guys” and creating a hysteria in sporting world wanting to see the outcome of thefight. Is this wrong for the media to be encouraging and glorifying the violence in sport? I don’tthink so because the fans want to see it and like it or not, it is here to stay. Look at sports like boxing for example, who relies on the media to increase the sports fansinterest in an upcoming match. When you can only fit approximately “17,000 people” into a Las Vegasboxing arena, the money is not made at the gate (Lunney 39).

Millions and millions of dollars aregathered from pay-per- view television where again millions of spectators are waiting to see the outcomeof a match like the one two weeks ago involving Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno where Tyson made an easy “$30million” Lunney 39). We as society are attracted to this sort of sport violence and there is nothing weShould we take steps to discourage the violence in sports is a question that is being asked todaydue to the glorification of certain events like University of Moncton-University of Prince Edward Islandhockey game where a referee was assaulted on the ice after disallowing then allowing the same goal. Thiskind of violence occurs very little in the sport of hockey considering the amount of games that areplayed throughout the year. Sure there are acts like these but they are not the norm. It would be hardto eliminate violence that is in sport because it has been there for so long and is a part of the game.Fans do not want to see it be removed because it is sometimes the only part of the game that isinteresting if the game is dull. Players know that a good, solid hit or a bit fight can sometimes putmomentum on their side giving them extra drive to pull ahead in the game.

Violence in sport is nothaving a negative effect on society, it is only allowing fans to !enjoy themselves while they are watching a particular sport. Yes there are instances where players andfans do go overboard and get carried away causing fights and sometimes riots, but it is not very often.When it does happen, it is glorified so that people think sports are played by bozos and goons who canonly fight. The violence that is in sport is here to stay and should be left that way so that the realfans who know what is going on can enjoy the sport that they have took an interest in instead of mediatypes and others who do not have a clue in what they are talking about when saying that the violence inBibliographyAberdeen, R. (1995, Mar.).

“Participant observation and research into football hooliganism:Reflections on the problems of entree and everyday risks.” Sociology of SportJournalFamily Violence Prevention Fund. “Calling foul: Sports anddomestic violence”.http//.www.icg.apc.

org/fund/men/sports. htmlGantz, W. (1995, Mar.). “Fanship and the television sportsviewing experience.” Sociology ofLapchick, R. (Ed.).

(1986). Fractured focus. Lexington, MA.: Lexington Books.Lunney, D. (1996, March 26). Refs on run: Abuse of officials onrise in Manitoba.

Winnipeg Sun, p.McPherson, B. D., Curtis, J.

E., ; Loy, J. W. (1989). The socialsignificance of sport. Champaign,Messner, M.

A., ; Sabo, D. F. (1994). Sex, violence and power insports. Freedom, CA.

: The CrossingSnyder, E. E., ; Spreitzer, E.

A. (1983). Social aspects ofsport. Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

:In this essay, the main topic was to show that although there is an increase in the amount ofviolence that is occuring in sports, it should not be eliminated from the games that it is being used in. Although there has been a call by some to have violence such as fighting and body contacteliminated from games such as hockey, the reason that it is good to have these acts is because it allowsyou to vent your fustration out on a willing opponent instead of taking t out on an unsuspectingThe violence that is being used in sports should stay in the game due to its popularity and forthose who believe that it should be eliminated should learn what they are talking about before suchcomments are made to ruin the games that we enjoy.Bibliography:blah,blah

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