Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Not as far away as you think.
People say that, but really they won't because they'd lose too much viewership. Violence sells. I guess baseball and basketball are doing fine without it, but sports are always afraid of having the ratings tank and revenues fall.
It's the reason hockey(which doesn't have as much to lose at #4 most popular sport in U.S) is afraid to get rid of fighting as well. It's not necessarily that they couldn't survive without it, it's the bad press that comes from it and the negative reactions from fans. Pretty soon people are canceling season tickets and TV ratings are tanking.