To start off, I understand that violence in sports includesaggressive behaviours and harmful actions that causes pain or injury to theother player. In addition, there has been reports indicating that in recentyears, the severity and frequency of violence in competitive sports like icehockey or football has increased significantly. For example, I found an articleonline showing that ‘football violence is on the rise’ which is attached below.It shows that rival fans had flared in the recent Euro 2016 and bringing hooliganismback into spotlight. The reason why violence is prevalent in sports today mightbe due to the mass media industry.
The media plays an important role inpromoting sports as it portrays different types of sports competitions (e.g.violence, competitive) to the audience of different ages who is watching thematch. The media itself does not cause violence in sports as their main aim isto earn money and to provide their audience entertainment.
The media showsdifferent sports competition, for example, a healthy competition whichencourages teamwork and sportsmanship. However, if the media decides to airmore violent and rough sports, it would mean that the audience would have moreexposure to sports-related violence especially the younger generations. Theyoung generation might learn from these behaviours and exhibit in their dailylife. For example, sports like World Wrestling Federation (WWF) where violenceis portrayed in this sport influences the audience that violence in WWF isalright. The children would think that violence in certain sports is alrightand teaching them to accept sport violence from young which is why violence insports is common these days.Apart from the mass media, it is commonly believed thatviolence is limited to the males. For example, often people stereotype males toexhibit characteristics like having physical strength and be aggressive duringsports is normal.
These characteristics of masculinity might be learned duringthe person’s formative period which is part of growing up and the idea ofmasculinity would lead to an increase number of injuries during sports. Hence,the person would exhibit his characteristics during the competition to avoidbeing labelled as ‘weak’ or ‘sissy’. Hence, violence in sports is so prevalent insports today.