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Why We Love Sports

Sports psychologists have a list of why people love sports:

  • Sports carry self-esteem benefits.
  • Commercial reasons (money bets etc.).
  • Peer pressure of being part of their group.
  • Sports are exciting.
  • Sports is an aesthetically pleasing activity.
  • A venue for emotional expression.
  • Sports is an escape from real-world problems.
  • Sports provide a sense of connectedness and belonging.

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Human beings have always been motivated by being a part of a certain group, while automatically being at ‘war’ with the other group(s). 

This basic ‘us vs. them’ attitude is hard-wired in most of us.

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  • Talent-Luck Theory: Sports appeals to a lot of people due to its ability to balance skill with randomness.
  • Mirror Neurons: Many fans are able to feel what the player is feeling, and experience the excitement first-hand in his mind, with no barrier between the self and the outside world.

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Sports Fans

Sports is a big deal across the world, with die-hard fans who are extremely emotional towards their home teams. It is hard to pinpoint the motivations of a sports fan, and why a win or a loss of a team matters so much.

Sportswriters have to be careful to navigate the complex emotional landscape, writing about sports in a way politics is written about: Avoiding verbal minefields.

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The Fans

Sports fans are like us only, having a common set of values, beliefs, and life experiences. 

Sports is like a thrilling emotional roller coaster ride for them, a movie to which they have surrendered themselves.

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To Non-sports fans, caring about sports seems pointless.

  • To them, there's a bunch of strangers getting paid to play games against each other.
  • There are no real-world consequences. Some teams lose almost every season, and when they eventually win after hours and hours of dedication, there is no major change in the spectators' life.
  • For a while, the spectators will stand on the street and yell things. They will buy a t-shirt and spend a few days reading articles about the great victory; then they get back with their regular life.

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A thirteen-nation tournament took place in July 1930, in a series of 18 matches to form the first-ever International Football World Cup. This happened in Uruguay, and the home team were also crowned the first World Cup Champions.

This was at a time when an economic depression took place in Europe, causing hesitation among many part-time or amateur players to travel to play the Cup.

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