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ERIC Number: ED533016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
College Football Games and Crime
Rees, Daniel I.; Schnepel, Kevin T.
Cornell Higher Education Research Institute
There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence that college football games can lead to aggressive and destructive behavior by fans. However, to date, no empirical study has attempted to document the magnitude of this phenomenon. We match daily data on offenses from the NIBRS to 26 Division I-A college football programs in order to estimate the relationship between college football games and crime. Our results suggest that the host community registers sharp increases in assaults, vandalism, arrests for disorderly conduct, and arrests for alcohol-related offenses on game days. Upsets are associated with the largest increases in the number of expected offenses. These estimates are discussed in the context of psychological theories of fan aggression. Appended are: (1) Descriptive Statistics for Count Variables; and (2) College Football Games and Offenses, Full Results. (Contains 9 tables, 5 figures and 27 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI)