Riot A Riot is the bad end of sports fandom. Death Injury Crime
Parade Example 2008 Philadelphia Phillies Parade
Riot Example Accusations that a soccer player was using witchcraft during a match in eastern Congo sparked a riot that killed 13 people in 2008
Benefit of Fans Fans support their team spiritually and financially Fans buy… Apparel Food/Drink Tickets
Tickets Standard Seating Standing Only Box Seats
The Science Fans experience the same psychological and hormonal changes during a game, as the athletes do.
Teams Success and Your Feelings Studies have shown Testosterone levels, one’s optimism and self-esteem are directly related to how their team is doing.
World Cup Fan Study Dr. Dabbs, A psychologist at Georgia State, took saliva samples from 21 Italian and Brazilian men before the 1994 World Cup
Results Brazilians Testosterone levels rose an average of 28% and the Italians levels dropped 27% percent Brazil Won
Extreme Case Scientists started a study, when seeing a picture of your favorite team, that arouses a fan’s brain waves, heart rate and perspiration levels just as much when shown an animal attack and erotic pictures.
Extreme Example During an intense moment at a football game, A Pittsburg Steelers fan suffered from a heart attack against the Indianapolis Colts. Fan had no prior heart problems
Benefit of Being a Fan Benefits Time Away from Reality Stress Frustration Anger Overall higher self-esteem Allows expression of emotions Make one feel belonged Fun
It is Believed That… It is believed that sports fanatics suffer less from depression and alienation than someone that isn’t
Theories Emotions brought up during a sporting event dates back to the primitive tribal times