The biological theory sees aggression as a basic, innate human characteristic, in which sports is seen as a socially acceptable way to discharge built-up aggression(170). The psychological theo... ... middle of paper ... ...ect for authority, but that we have lost respect for each other. Our society’s preoccupation with winning has caused sports stars to play with the intensity of emotion, which leads to violence. While most occurrences of violence come from players, others, including coaches, parents, fans, and the media, also contribute to the increasing violence in sports today. Fans seem to emulate the violence they watch in sports and spectator violence is increasing as participant injuries rise(Yeager 11).
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 time school were to get in trouble maybe it would be hidden a lot more.
There are numerous similarities with the violence that takes place in our sporting events today and the events that took place in the Colosseum. I feel that athletes use violence as a "safety valve". The athletes themselves take out some of the aggression that builds from the pressures of the sport. They use violence to intimidate the other athletes as well as its spectators. The violence that occurs in the National Hockey League and the National Football League has been there since the beginning.
Moreover, sports consider to be a healthy way to safe our bodies from certain diseases. However, what if the sport goes far away from its nice picture, like becomes more violent. Certainly, that is already exists in many violence sports where these kinds of sports lose their fundamental objectives and can be fatal or cause serious injuries. Violence sports are engaging disrespectful behaviors toward opponents and participants by seeking victory above the respect of competing. These day, winning has become everything and the main target of athletes.
Every time you open a newspaper or switch on the TV you are likely to be confronted by stories of controlled and uncontrolled aggression on the sports field, in our homes, in our neighborhoods and cities and countries across the world. Aggression seems to permeate our history and cultures. Human societies spend a lot of time trying to curb and control their citizens’ feelings of aggression to ensure social and governmental relationships function optimally in a peaceful and safe environment. At other times the flames of human aggression are fanned by the same societies in order to challenge opposing societies and ideologies. Yet in war, as in sport and other social arenas, rules have been established to govern and control the worst of aggressive human behavior and hostilities.
A number of players and coaches have for a number of years been accused of such plots as a way of trying to outdo their opponents. Many of such cases have been welcomed by strict legal measures such as bans from participating in a future sporting activities. Reinforcement is one of the root cause of violence in athletics. Athletes are reinforced to be highly aggressive while competing either in the field or the track by the coach and captain. Their desire to be successful athletes also contribute to the aggressiveness.
Whenever a player is “laid out”, the fans are not stunned by the hit in fear of the health and safety of the player, but instead focus on the player who made the tackle and commend him as he overshadows and looms over the other player. The media is largely responsible for the violent nature of football because whenever a player is hit, the camera doesn 't focus to the player who got hit, but alternately they turn to the player as he celebrates. There is an irrefutable correlation between NFL players and head trauma. Many studies have been conducted by qualified specialists who have found football’s very nature to be detrimental to the players. Whether the gradual progression in padding has caused the player to be more reckless or the competitive nature of the game has been escalated, football has become a looming shadow of gladiator fights and dogfighting.
Crime is any act that violates the law. Many times professional athletes become involved in crime and it seems that they are above the law. The athlete’s notoriety makes it seem that professional athletes are committing crimes more than average people, whether they are felonies or misdemeanors. Should athletes be allowed back into their respective leagues after they commit such crimes? Many people believe that professional athletes are “above the law”.
It is the use of excessive physical force, which causes or has obvious potential to cause harm or destruction. Violence in sports is not limited to men. When women do violence in sport, it may be seen as a sign of commitment or skill, but it’s not seen as proof of femininity. But athletes learn to use violence as a strategy, even though it may cause pain or injury. Violence in sports is not new to our society, but the violence of the spectators has increased.
A writer named Mike Lopresti wrote an article called “Violence at American sports stadiums becoming all too common” which was about a Raiders and 49ers exhibition game and said “ The final statistics from the Raiders-49ers game included two shootings in the parking lot, and one severe beating in a restroom. Speculation is, the teams’ heated neighborhood rivalry might be a factor” (Lopresti 2011). These altercations amongst the fans over a game that is meaningless is shocking. Someone could have been killed given the circumstances, and this violence among the fans is not only limited to American football games, but also professional soccer games and violence with these fans can result in greater consequences.