Will domestic violence and sexual abuse continue to be a problem for colleges and professional sports? Will this continue to affect the number of fans?
At the rate that domestic violence and sexual assaults are occurring, the crimes will continue to be a problem in the sports world and it will continue to affect the television ratings of these leagues. Fans will begin to be sickened more and more by the players who commit these crimes and will eventually lose support for the sport. Juliet Macur, author for the New York Times, states that “television ratings for the N.F.L. are down 11 percent this season, and league officials have been grasping for possible explanations.” Many people are looking for reasons as to why the NFL is achieving very low TV ratings. One reason for this is that, the domestic violence crimes that have been occurring with little punishment from the NFL is causing fans to lose interest. Rita Smith, of the Denver-based National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says that "Sports teams seem to be very hesitant to work with this issue… all sports teams take the same kind of stand against spousal abuse as they do [against] drugs - refuse to allow their employees to participate in that kind of behavior - they can discourage that behavior.” Sports teams are being overly hesitant with this issue and are not willing to take a stand against these injustices. In response to this, these fans are losing interest due to the lack of punishment for poor behavior. As domestic violence and sexual assault continue to happen in sports these sports will lose more and more interest.
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