Sportsmanship

March 23, 2001 • Volume 11, Issue 11
Is bad behavior ruining American sports?
By Rachel S. Cox

Introduction

Indiana University finally fired longtime coach Bobby Knight for his notorious outbursts on and off the court. (Photo Credit: AP Photos/Tom Russo)
Indiana University finally fired longtime coach Bobby Knight for his notorious outbursts on and off the court. (Photo Credit: AP Photos/Tom Russo)

If competitive sports dramatize fundamental American values, many wonder where those values are headed. From youth leagues to the NFL, unsportsmanlike behavior has become an accepted part of every game -- among the fans and parents as well as the players. Brawling and trash talk have become commonplace among the pros. And even in youth sports, verbal harassment and physical violence on the part of parents is turning what should be child's play into a sometimes abusive, overly competitive nightmare. Many observers say the decline in sportsmanship simply reflects society's changing values. But others question whether pro athletes and parents alike are setting bad examples for children -- and whether college and pro sports are too profit-driven to voluntarily clean up their acts.

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