Study Links Domestic Violence To NFL Team Losses

By Susie Jones, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some sports fans are taking out their frustrations on their loved ones after their team loses a big game, according to a new study linking sports and domestic violence.

Researchers at University of California – Berkeley found that reports to police of men assaulting their partners rose 10 percent in some areas after the local pro-football team lost a game it was supposed to win.

They looked at looked at 900 regular season NFL games spanning 11 years for the study.

Liz Richards with the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women says they believe it is more an issue of stress, and being predisposed to domestic violence.

“If there are highly emotional charged games in which somebody lost that increase in stress … that makes sense you would see an increase in incidence,” said Richards.

WCCO’s Susie Jones Interviews Liz Richards

Researchers compared the betting odds to the results of regular-season games for six National Football League teams including the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans.

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  • Greg Lang
  • Sarah in Outstate MN

    People take these games too seriously, almost as if it’s a personal slight against them personally if the team loses. It’s a game.

  • Victim Du Jour

    Minnesota Coalition For Battered Women doesn’t get paid unless women are victims and men are bad people.

    Most domestic abuse happens because many women are turned on by abusive men, and they form relationships with abusive males.

    I’m sure if you drug test domestic abuse victims, the NFL will be completely un-related.

  • The Trend

    Lets remember that according to the Duluth Wheel an angry stare or disagreeing is now considered domestic violence but only when men do it

    • Ed

      Yep, it’s 5th degree assault, all they need to say is ” I was scared”, that starts the wheels in motion, the state presses charges and assigns a victim advocate to the woman no matter what the wishes of the woman are.
      The woman is not the one who presses charges, it is the state.

      Seeing these laws in action first hand I no longer take the domestic violence claims seriously.
      Most domestic violence claims are by groups like Minnesota Coalition For Battered Women not by victims

      • The Trend

        Or if the wifey empties the 401K and loses it at the casino – if the man so much as raises his voice about he will be charged and put through the govt grinder

  • Ed

    How can that happen with all the role models the NFL has?
    Maybe we could use the new stadium to host domestic violence classes after games so Minnesota don’t pass a law banning NFL football.
    Or open the workout center at the new stadium to females before the games so they can bulk up and beat the ol’ man if his team loses.

  • Hannah

    It’s when the men drink beer or other alcoholic beverages during the game and then their team loses..3 hours while the game is on….drinking!!

    • Victim Du Jour

      Most domestic abuse happens when both the man and woman are using drugs and alcohol.

      And then Domestic Abuse people blame it 100% on the men.

  • Victim Du Jour

    I knew a chick who got a serious beating from her boyfriend. And she was doing everything in her power to get him out of jail, the restaining order lifted and the charges reduced.

    The Minnesota Coalition of Battered Women rely on these kinds of women. They are the enablers, and Domestic abuse victims are their co-dependants.

    People use drugs and alcohol together when they watch sports.

  • Mike Hunt

    Hey Hanna, have you ever heard the phrase ” I’m Rick James b#*#”?

  • CK

    Victim Du Jour
    You are so male I could vomit “I knew a chick” really now we are talking about chickens? DOPE.

    If a women is in a bad relationship it’s her falut becuse she seeks out abusive men? Well in that case if a man finds himself in a no sex relationship then he must seek out fridged women Right? That your logic.

    • Victim Du Jour

      The North St Paul Police Officer Was killed by a loser with a domestic abuse rap sheet.

      And his girlfriend is on record in a Minnesota Courtroom asking a Judge to lift the restraining order on the same guy.

      That’s because domestic abuse laws are a weapon.

  • Dumbfounded

    For real…come on people…it’s called personal responsibility! Maybe we shouldn’t be so focused on who is to blame for things and just be responsible for our actions and our selves!

  • The Trend

    What ever you do- do not get married. You will end up in jail

  • mark from

    Just another great reason to waste tax dollars

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