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Finally, A Positive Spin on the Pending NFL Lockout: Less Domestic Violence?

March 22, 2011


NFL lockout could result in less domestic violenceWhile not having a reasonable excuse for bailing on church and/or home improvement projects; losing Fantasy Football; and, of course, the collapse of the chicken wing industry are all, by all means, unsettling, at least we can take comfort in the fact that domestic life across the nation is apparently expected to improve should either party at the NFL bargaining table really decide to dig their heels in.

According to Medical Daily:

[A study from the Quarterly Journal of Economics has found] calls to the police reporting men’s assaults on their wives or intimate partners rose 10 percent in areas where the local National Football League team lost a game they were favored to win…

In contrast, co-authors David Card, Ph.D., and Gordon Dahl, Ph.D., found no decrease in reports of violence following an unexpected win by the local team or by the team’s loss in a game that was expected to be close.

The study’s authors believe their research confirms earlier work suggesting unexpected disappointments have a more profound emotional impact on us than pleasant surprises. Card and Dahl’s methodology included comparing pre-game betting odds for various NFL teams from 1995-2006.  They then matched the results and other data from those games with police reports filed in 763 police jurisdictions.

When a home favorite lost, the study found a corresponding spike in domestic violence reports in relevant jurisdictions relative to weeks the home team was on bye. Moreover, the researchers found an even more alarming connection to games in “higher stakes” games…


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