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When “Fight Songs” Turn to Fighting: Managing Violence at Sporting Events

Christine McHugh, Esq., ARM
August 2023

Why Read This

When people at high school, college, or university sporting events become unruly, serious injuries can happen to students, staff, or visitors. Violence also can lead to property damage, harmful publicity, and costly lawsuits.

Sports-related violence can have many causes. This report focuses on acts of aggression and disturbances at the event and its aftermath involving the players, staff, fans, and the campus facility hosting the event.

This report details steps your campus can take to help promote a positive culture and minimize the risk of disturbances, injury, and expense.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the dangers and causes of sporting event violence.
  • Take preventive steps by setting expectations, educating participants, and managing behavior.
  • Respond appropriately if incidents occur.

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