Violence in Sports
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