Essay on Violence in Sports

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Violence in Sports

With the increase in society taking a stance against violence, sports has become an area where some feel that the violent acts such as the hitting and fighting that occurs should be eliminated. It is very difficult to change the way that a game is played because people have been playing it that way for years. The violence in sports needs to be eliminated because of the extreme cases that continue to haunt many of the leagues and the players themselves.

There are many theories to why there is so much violence in sports today and one of them is because the athletes today are able to get away with more when they are young. An example would be if a high profile high school athlete who had a scholarship to a big
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Some of these fighters or bodyguards are paid just for that purpose alone to protect the star player. Marty McSorley of the Boston Bruins is a prime example, he is seen throughout the league as an enforcer and a fighter and he took it to the extreme recently when he hit a player over the head with his stick, and the National Hockey League suspended him for the indefinitely. When interviewed he said that people don't understand that all he wanted to do was start a fight with him. This is something that has to be controlled by the league. Especially in hockey where fighting is not condemned to harshly. When the National Hockey League (NHL) are asked to try and remove the violence from their sport, they are hesitant because it is not what a lot of the fans want. Some of the best-selling videos in parts of the Northeastern United States have been a collection of the best fights in the NHL. Why should these leagues remove the violence that is occurring if they are making money and keeping people in the seats?

Some fans of hockey want to see these situations and eliminating the fighting aspect would change their feelings towards supporting the sport. On the other hand, there are many people who may enjoy the sport more if the fighting did not occur. So the NHL is put into
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