I don't know what, if anything, it says about the world we live in, but that article suggests to me someone who does not know a great deal about the history of sport/popular entertainment - I am like, o tempora, o mores, what are these days when somebody can write an article on fighting as spectacle and not name-check gladiators in the Coliseum? Infamy, infamy, etc.
I am totally given to wonder what a person knows about the history of sport if they can write this:
Victorian rules of football and rugby codified an attitude towards team play that made sense in the factory and on the battlefield.Victorian rules were the imposition of a disciplinary structure (where is Michel Foucault when you need him?) on the rather more freeform sports constituting various kinds of football: which pretty much combined the football and the hooliganism in one package.
See also, boxing before Queensbury: not that boxing in its present form doesn't have significant risks, even if they're long term ones about brain damage rather than blood on the floor.
I suspect that there is a significant history of sports starting as something close to a brawl and gradually developing rules, rather than the rules coming first.
On a somewhat less extreme level, beach volleyball has that pattern of informality to codification.
I am also, why is he not, if not doing historical analogies, linking this woezery to a loooong tradition of dystopian fiction? - because the concept was not a new one in The Hunger Games.