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photoNBA players involved in last Friday night's brawl with fans in the match between the Detroit and Indiana teams are facing suspensions and possible criminal charges.

Fights and broken rules are nothing new in professional athletics but something strange is boiling and the explosive violence of last Friday's fight shot out at America like steam from the pot.

Tune in to hear about the ugly escalation of violence in American sports and what it says about the American society.

Guests:

Chad Ford, ESPN.com "The Insider"

Jay Coakley, professor of sociology at The University of Colorado, author of "Sport In Society: Issues and Controversies"

Jeff O'Brien, director of programs for the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University

Phil Taylor, senior writer Sports Illustrated magazine

This program aired on November 22, 2004.

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