The competitive nature of today's sports associations calls for athletes to be aggressive and forceful , both physically and mentally. This aggressive mentality stays with some athletes off the field, and may explain why so many athletes are committing violent crimes.
Throughout the years, sporting events has been a place for fans to forget about what is going on in their life, take a break from the real world, and focus on the game. Often, many fans don't just watch and keep up with sports solely because of the type of sport, but also to keep up with their favorite athletes and teams. However, the aggressive and violent nature of the sports can often be carried over from the field to real life, impacting not only the athlete and the team, but also the fans.
It is not clear if on-field violent behavior leads to off-field violence. It would be somewhat logical to assume that people who become accustomed to using physical intimidation and violence in sport naturally revert to those behaviors when facing conflict outside of sport. However, sport may not be the cause of violence, but rather a result of the athletes’ upbringing or natural disposition, which led them to choose a violent sport to begin with. Drug and alcohol use should also be noted, since they and not sport may be the cause of violence. Alcohol consumption and binge drinking add to the problem of
To understand what the public believes on violence in sports, a survey was conducted among American youths ages 13 to 17 in October of 2000. The Gallup Youth Survey showed that 63 percent of teens said there was too much violence in hockey. In comparison, 41 percent said football was too violent, 25 percent said basketball was too violent, and 17 percent said baseball was too violent. One question that remains though is how does one qualify violence. A study completed in December 2000 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Research tried to do just that. According to the test analysis, 1.69 "acts of aggression" occurred in hockey for every aggressive act in basketball, the only other sport in the study (Grant).
While there is definitely plenty of blame to go around, the Pacers-Pistons brawl has raised more than just questions over who is the culprit. Media pundits want to know who are the victims? Are the victims America's families who can no longer attend a professional sporting event without the fear of it erupting in violence? Are the victims teenagers and adolescent children who wear number 91 Artest jerseys because they idolize him as a player? Are the victims those professional athletes who have worked hard to promote sportsmanship and integrity in their sports, only to see one of their own tarnish the whole profession? The Pacers-Pistons brawl has all the right ingredients for a good debate. The incident is squarely at the intersection where sports, culture, values and politics all meet. In this age of mediated sports stars it is hard to push aside the action of our athletes. We can no longer view them as being trivial to our society, especially when their actions are as visible and as jarring as the ones that occurred last November. The visibility of our athletes is unquestioned. With multiple 24-hour cable sports channels, national sporting magazines and nationally syndicated call-in sports radio shows, sports have become a dominate fixture in American society. We worship our athletes. What's not to worship? More than their Hollywood counterparts athletes get tagged with the role model
In the arena of sports today there is a continuous subject in every sport hostility and violence. Aggression can be revealed in a lot of dissimilar methods in sports. In baseball hostility can be chucking a pitch inside to a player or gliding into second base and captivating the other basemen. In basketball it can be a foul that is hard and shoving someone to the ground. And in NASCAR it can be somewhat as little at bouncing another vehicle at a race track. Over the past few years aggression and violence in sports is growing bigger and bigger. It seems like you can not go a week or two without the news talking about a fight or argument that has occurred at a sporting event between a couple of players or teams.
Football is the athletic roots of the United States of America’s pastime. It’s part of the culture and history of this nation. It helped shape the way Americans watch sports today. But in today’s world the game has changed. It is changing this nation, and these players, both on and off the field. Concussions, on the field, have become a major commodity, and it raises the question of if it is really worth the risks of what can become of head injuries. Off of the field, there is also an up and coming problem and the NFL is taking a lot of heat for it. Domestic abuse cases are popping up left and right, involving NFL players. Maybe these cases are a coincidence, but maybe there is a relationship between the sport and
Violence, fistfights specifically, in hockey are viewed as deviant because; that very type of violence is statistically rare in institutionalized sports and it is harmful to individuals, the sport of hockey, and society as a whole. This violence also violates the norms that society has created for competitive sport. Because of these harms, the rarity of such violence in sports, and the violation of the norms, a negative societal reaction forms.
Violence in sports is central in measuring success in American culture. The harder he hits that the defensive players lay on their offensive counterparts, the more that fans enjoy watching them play. I can see a correlation between hard hitting defensive players and their popularity during their careers. NFL players, such as Ray Lewis and James Harrison, have made careers out of being the most physical players on the field. Lewis and Harrison’s devastating hits have injured opponents and many people believe they are the top linebackers in the game.
Ted Turner once called sports "war without the killing," and, as Fagan sees it, football is rather like “gladiatorial combat without the killing.” These high major sporting events creates intense emotions among fans of opposing sides. It is usual for fans to get kicked out of the stadiums for their actions or kicked out for fighting other
What is the social role of sport? To what extent does social structure influence the practice and experience of sport? Discuss in relation to two of the following: gender, class, ethnicity or Aboriginality, or region. Illustrate your answer with at least three examples from sporting contexts (local or international).
THESIS: Contact sports have been here since the medieval times. Soccer was also already being put into sport use by china in the dynasties. Implied, players on both teams have agreed to be hit, pushed, shoved, and possibly fought. What can be used for considering when or where a player crosses the line? Using examples from previous court cases, we will examine how players in the NHL could be charged when excessive force against other players in the opposite team come into play. Having hockey being used for an example, we will examine and look at the rules of the NHL, as well as how Todd Bertuzzi from the Vancouver Canucks stepped over the line, and was charged with assault.
Because sports news and sports figures are constantly in the news, sports reflect our values. We are living in a society that is filled with violence. Many adults choose to solve their problems in violent ways. When the stress of life becomes too much, or
Thousands of people have died at the wrath of my gun. I have blown up cars with a stolen jet. I have even massacred hordes of zombies. Then, the video game is switched off and life resumes as normal. I have never felt compelled to re-enact any of these situations in real life after playing. This is also common place for millions of other video game players all around the world. Yet, still the media continue to demonise video games and use it as an excuse for the man made tragedies that happen. People have to start realising the hysteria the media generates by using video games as a scapegoat is a ploy to sell their product, nothing else. If people stopped buying into these false claims and hence fueling them, then they will find something
The future of gaming revolves around technology. Video games are transitioning into reality. The main consumers of violent games are teens. These games encourage in killing and fighting enemies. Violent games are created each year and it comes to mind, do violent video games influence young people to act aggressively?