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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TEAM IDENTIFICATION AND WILLINGNESS OF SPORT FANS TO CONSIDER ILLEGALLY ASSISTING THEIR TEAM

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Abstract:

Previous research had indicated that a sizeable minority of sport fans admit a willingness to anonymously injure a star player or coach of a rival team. Highly identified fans were particularly likely to consider these acts. The current investigation attempted to extend the previous work by examining the frequency with which individuals would consider, under the protection of anonymity, engaging in anti-social acts of cheating that are either illegal or violate societal norms. A sizeable minority of a college student sample admitted a willingness to consider a number of such acts and, as hypothesized, there was a significant positive correlation between team identification and reports of willingness.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2001.29.6.531

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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