Violence in Sports
Topics: Sport, National Hockey League, Incentive / Pages: 6 (1453 words) / Published: Oct 9th, 1999

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. 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

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