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.
MORE IDEAS FROM What science can tell sportswriters about why we love sports
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.
Sports psychologists have a list of why people love sports:
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.
Organizational and corporate performance is often likened to sports metaphors, as both share similar factors like leadership, communication, teamwork and achieving a certain goal.
Teamwork, and positive relationship between the team contributes to success, as various studies of football and the olympic teams have proved. The team bonding ensures unity and trust, resulting in better results.
To Non-sports fans, caring about sports seems pointless.
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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