Good Day World!
I’m paying homage to sports fans today.
A true sports fan is the salt of the earth. Loyal, passionate, and proud of their team.
(Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast)
What causes a person to be a loyal fan, sticking with a team through adversity, rather than a fair weather fan, that switches support to whatever teams happen to be successful at the time?
Psychologists attribute it to the following factors:
- Entertainment value
- The entertainment value that a fan derives from spectating motivates him/her to remain a loyal fan. Entertainment value of team sports is also valuable to communities in general.
- This is described by Passikoff as "the acceptance of the game as real and meaningful".
- Fan bonding
- Fan bonding is where a fan bonds with the players, identifying with them as individuals, and bonds with the team.
- Team history and tradition
- Shank gives the Cincinnati Reds, all-professional baseball's oldest team, as an example of a team where a long team history and tradition is a motivator for fans in the Cincinnati area.
- Group affiliation
- Fans receive personal validation of their support for a team from being surrounded by a group of fans who also support the same team.
Finally, as a loyal Los Angeles Laker fan for 52 years, I wouldn’t even think about changing loyalties to another team – despite the fact the Lakers are currently playing the worst ball in their franchise history.
Time for me to walk on down the road…