Quit Flopping, Somebody Is Going To Get Hurt: The Societal Consequences of Dishonesty within Popular Sport Competitions

By Eric Beasley.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Deceiving officials, opposing teams, and even fans has long been a part of sports, but do these practices create or perpetuate problematic school and professional cheating in other realms? Through the synthesis of contemporary media, coaching, and fan conceptions of duplicity in modern sport, and the scholarly literature positing the existence of a burgeoning culture of cheating and corruption, I advance the argument that deception in sports has an influence on, and is influenced by, larger societal structures. Particular focus will be on the common practice of feigning injury or loss of position as a tool to receive special benefits for oneself and/or exact special penalties on opponents.

Keywords: Cheating, Dishonesty, Culture

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, February 2015, pp.113-117. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 277.765KB).

Dr Eric Beasley

Assistant Professor, The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mi, USA