The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees have one of the most heated sport rivalries in all sports. The two teams played against each other for the first time in 14 years. The fans are known to get violent with each other in the excitement of the rivalry. The rivalry is bringing up violence before, during, and after the game.
This brings up the question: are sport rivalries keeping violence in sports?
Baseball is not a violent sport, with almost no contact between players. Are fans bringing violence into a relatively nonviolent sport with the rivalry?
Fans are becoming so invested in their sports team and their respective rivalry that it is shaping their identity. At this point, have sport rivalries gone too far that fans are identifying themselves by them? Martin Lee analyzes the importance of rivalries for fans. The rivalries give fans a sense of meaning and cause them to be more invested in the game.
In the interest of the sport industry, rivalries are increasing media coverage, thus increasing the amount of money that is brought in. Sport rivalries are not in the interest of people who do not want to be involved in violence behaviour, when the rivalry inevitably gets out of hand.
What is the sport industry going to do to reduce the amount of rivalries and violence that comes along with them?