Sachs, C.J., & Chu, L.D.(2000). The association between professional football games and domestic violence in Los Angeles county. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15 (11), 1192-1201.
Abstract: Explored the association between professional football games and domestic violence (DV) by performing an ecological time trend analysis of Los Angeles Sheriff Department data from January 1, 1993, to December 31, 1995. Mean weekly DV dispatch increase in the 1993-1994 period was 69% during non-football season compared with 100% during football season, 147% during playoff weeks, and 264% during Super Bowl week. Mean weekly increase over the entire time period was 63% during non-football season compared with 74% during total football season, 74% during playoff weeks, and 101% during Super Bowl weeks. Overall, there was no statistically significant association between DV police dispatches and the timing of professional football in Los Angeles County. The authors describe impressive increases in dispatches, however, during the 1993-1994 playoff and Super Bowl weeks that could not be tested due to insufficient sample size. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)