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The Problem of Sports Violence and the Criminal Prosecution Solution

24 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2005 Last revised: 24 Feb 2009

Jeff Yates

Binghamton University - Department of Political Science

William Gillespie

Kennesaw State University

Abstract

In this article, we examine the proposition that criminal prosecution of sports participants could provide an effective remedy to the problem of sports violence. Section One surveys the widespread violence that has permeated most major sports and explains how sports violence adversely affects the public interest. Section Two considers the viability of criminal prosecutions in sports by discussing foundations that have been laid for sports prosecutions, both in Canada and the US. Finally, section Three analyzes some of the defenses and obstacles that might arise in the prosecution of sports participants.

Keywords: law, legal, criminal, defense, assault, sports, prosecution, canada, provocation, consent

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Yates, Jeff and Gillespie, William, The Problem of Sports Violence and the Criminal Prosecution Solution. Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 12, No. 1, p. 145, Fall 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=698041

Jeff L. Yates (Contact Author)

Binghamton University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Binghamton, NY 13902
United States

William Gillespie

Kennesaw State University ( email )

1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
United States

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