Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pay for Play: The National Football League "Bounty" Scandal

There is nothing wrong with attempting to lay a big hit on an offensive player.  It's simply a part of the game.  Think about it: How does the crowd usually react when Ray Lewis lays a monstrous hit on an opponent?  They cheer for him.  His teammates shout in approval.  This is true at all levels of football.  People cheer for big hits. This leads to modifications in defensive player's behavior.  For those of you who do not know what operant conditioning is, it "is a method of learning that occurs through rewards and punishments for behavior."  Defensive players are conditioned to want to hit people hard because it leads to a reward everyone likes: praise. more

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