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The Promise of Violence: Televised, Professional Football Games and Domestic Violence

This study asks, “Does a highly identified sports fan feel a strong bond while watching his favorite football players and then exhibit violent, copycat behavior?” Using the media, copycat framework, this research looked at five categories of domestic violence arrests in the city of Philadelphia on Eagles’ “game days,” for an 8-hr period, beginning with kick-off time. These relationships were tested using comparison of means tests. The mean average of domestic violence arrests on football was statistically significantly different from both comparison Sundays and other sports’ “game days.” As predicted, there was no statistically significant difference between home and away games, removing the possible bias that fans were at the game and then became violent.