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This paper examines the phenomenon of sports fanaticism in American society. The paper explains that the phenomenon may possibly be due to evolutionary traits and the hardwiring of males for violence and battle.
From the Paper:"The popularity of spectator sports, especially professional sports, in American society is not a new social phenomenon. Barbara Ehrenreich maintains that in Ancient Rome sports fanaticism may actually be the real reason for the fall of Rome. At the height of the Empire the stadium was the centerpiece of every Roman town. Loyalty to chariot-racing leagues eclipsed all political passions. When the barbarians attacked the gates of the Roman city of Hippo no one much noticed because the groans of the dying soldiers..."
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Sports Fanaticism (2005, December 01) Retrieved January 19, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/essay/sports-fanaticism-72902/
"Sports Fanaticism" 01 December 2005. Web. 19 January. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/essay/sports-fanaticism-72902/>