"Obviously there's one element of the excitment of a fight to the death that people are sometimes attracted to," says Ascione, a professor of psychology at Utah State University and the author of several books on animal cruelty. "But then when you look at the people who go to a dog fight, you have other people motivated by other things. Some are there for the gambling, others who want to see the blood, others who are looking to make a drug deal, others trying to build a reputation."
There is no shortage of controversial sports stories, but for sheer breadth of issues, it's hard to match what has fallen out of the Michael Vick saga.
Vick pleaded guilty to his part in a dogfighting ring in court papers filed Friday, saying he funded gambling activities and was complicit in the killing of "six to eight dogs," but said he never gambled or received proceeds from fight purses. Vick will formally enter a plea at the U.S. District Court in Richmond tomorrow, but the NFL moved quickly to suspend him indefinitely on Friday, noting the conneciton to gambling in particular. THE FULL STORY - NY DAILY NEWS