Violence In Sports Essay, Research Paper
Violence in Sports
Sport today has evolved a huge amount from the past and likewise so have peoples views
in sport. Unfortunately, sport today is no longer game. It is a huge chunk of our society, a multi
billion dollar franchise enjoyed by every sex, age, and race. But the ?It?s just a game? part has
next to no meaning to the people anymore. Winning seems to matter much more.
Sport in many ways has become violent. NHL games for example do not allow spectators
to sit with any spectator that is cheering for the opposite team in fear a brawl will break out in the
crowd let alone on the ice. Difference of opinion seems to make all the difference to people and if
anyone says otherwise there is an argument that can only be settled by violence, or so they think.
These people break loose hurting innocent people just because ?the other guy is wrong.? Crowd
riots at soccer games have caused more injuries and deaths than any other sport. Spectators,
players and bystanders have been trampled, shot, stabbed and pummeled in these frenzied riots. Is
that the kind of situation you want to find yourself in while spending quality time with your
family? I think not. There should be no fear in going to watch a game but, today there is because
of the amount of violence involved.
The violence in the stands however differs from the easily accessible televised games.
Although this form you can watch in the comfort of your own home it still seems to be a problem
because young kids who watch these games are exposed to how athletes play these days and they
go on taking after their favorite players. Seeing these players react violently portrays that it?s ok
to hit people and the need to win today seems to be sports? only priority. Because of this, players,
coaches, and even spectators will do next to anything to see the right team win even if it means
someone on the other team has to be injured. For most people it took that one extremely violent
hit from Mc Sorely to realize how violent sports are getting. Many players are threatening to quit
professional sports concerning their own health and well being due to the violent nature that is
being given off.
Amateur sports as well are growing more violent as well. Parents supporting their kids can
be just as violent as the rest. Not to mention ho most people react to a poor call or illegal move.
Coaches are also guilty as well. Some have been known to abuse players and order players to
inflict injuries on others. This kind of treatment promotes violent natures and damages younger
Through all this hate, violence, and need to win somewhere we forgot that it?s only a
game and still is just a game. Where sport stands now and where it will be in the future is hard to
imagine. The need to be competitive is greater than ever and the sportsmanship to it all is quickly
fading. Today kids are showing extreme acts of violence at very early ages and the
commercialization of it in sport only promotes these acts. No matter how you put though sport
today is no longer a game.