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Fan Violence Whos to Blame Essay written by flash These people want to hurt you Its frightening You feel like youre in a cage out there Reggie Smith Berger 1990 Spectator violence at sporting events has been recorded throughout history People who have power over the events often team owners indirectly influence the amount of spectator violence by encouraging the factors contributing to violence in order to benefit themselves Sale of alcohol encouraging crowd intensity creating rivalries and targeting social groups are factors affecting the degree of spectator violence and can be proven to be influenced by the owners actions Therefore the blame for spectator violence can be attributed to whoever has power over the sport Many historians suggest that an increase in spectator violence coincides with the commercialization of sports Anthropologists agree that in societies where games were not for profit they were enjoyed as celebrations of physical skill without competitiveness or violence between players or spectators Berger 1990 However when people gained power or financially from the sporting events spectator violence increased Berger 1990 Public spectacles and games were part of the Roman Empire Each emperor had an amphitheater and the size of the crowd reflected the emperors wealth or power The emperor through crowd excitement could influence spectator violence to such an extent that gladiators could be killed or freed depending on the crowds effect on the emperor Robinson 1998 The emperor encouraged the Roman working class to forget their own suffering by seeing others suffer while the senators and emperor would benefit financially from gambling profits Robinson 1998 With the commercialization of sports owners profits increased with alcohol sales Beer drinking has been an integral part of sports since the late 1870s Chris van der Alie noticed that his saloon did well when St Louis Brown Stockings were in town As a result he decided to sell beer at the games On February 12 1880 Alie signed a contract
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