Many news stories that write about sports highlight amazing victories,underdog comebacks or shocking defeats. Sometimes these stories even praise the actions of the players, but overall they rarely report the severe violence that occurs on the field and in the stands. The following essay will discuss the impact of violence on professional players,violence that occurs amongst the fans, and how violence has shaped professional sports.
Sports has been part of society for as long as time,such as the Mayan Ball Game which was the first team sport in human history and was played for over 3000 years, it was a test of physical ability and mental toughness. Sports was a way to prove that you or your team was the best, and was going to lay it out all on the field. Some sports have brought people together such as soccer being a world wide sport with almost every country participating in it. However, sports can also create bitter rivals and make a game mean something more than just a game, it means war. With more rivals this creates a warrior mentality and can lead to the mind set of completely destroying the opponent whatever the cost.
This cost can result in serious injuries. An article called “For too long, sports journalist glossed over football’s violence. I was one of them.” by Leonard Shapiro said that,
An investigation on the NFL’s longtime mishandling of concussions shows how the league for many years would not admit that on field concussions could lead to harmful consequences for players both during their football careers and afterward… many of the players listed in a lawsuit or their dependents said the former players are suffering from dementia, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological ailments (Shapiro 2013).
As Shapiro talks of the injuries of football players it really highlights the brutality of the sport and with teams becoming more stronger and fierce, a team in particular called the New Orleans Saints had taken a different approach to motivate their players to be more competitive and more physical during a game. In an article written by ESPN called “NFL: Saints defense had ‘bounty’ fund” and stated that
New Orleans Saints players and at least one assistant coach maintained a bounty pool of up to $50,000 the last three seasons to reward game ending injuries inflicted on opposing players, including Brett Favre and Kurt Warner,...