Women, Football, and Domestic Violence

Renee James has a disturbing article about the relationship between women, football, and domestic violence. She wrote:

Then I read about the study by actual Ph.D.’s David Card and Gordon Dahl that may change my mind. Maybe we are that different. Between 1995 and 2006, Drs. Card and Dahl tracked the wins and losses of the following NFL teams: the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans. That makes them exactly like millions of football fans. But they did something else. They noted when the teams lost a game they were favored to win, and checked the reports of domestic violence in those cities on those dates.

The depressing results of the research show that domestic violence assaults in those particular areas increased by about ten percent when the local NFL team lost a game they were supposed to win. A ten percent increase. For a football game, for God’s sake.

Read the article here.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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