The sports fan is more likely to be loyal to a team than any other fan, a new study finds.
Researchers from the University of California-Berkeley and the University at Buffalo found that fans who have spent time in sports stadiums over the past few years are significantly more likely than others to be faithful to their teams.
“The sports fan may be one of the most reliable fans in the world,” said lead author Kevin H. Tietze, a doctoral student in the UC Berkeley Department of Communication and Information Technology.
“But if they don’t feel like they’re part of the team, they don, and they don`t get along with people, then they donít really belong.”
Researchers compared the loyalty of fans across the world, and found that they were the most likely to attend games at home.
That means that if fans spend more time at home, they’re more likely have an emotional attachment to their team.
The study, which is detailed in the December issue of the journal Science Advances, found that the average American sports fan spends more than two hours per week at home in a stadium, with fans in New York spending an average of three hours per month there.
The most loyal sports fans in America are also the most expensive fans, spending more than $1,000 per month, the researchers found.
The average American spends about $15,000 a year on sports tickets, with the average ticket costing about $1.70 to buy.
The researchers also found that people who have played sports for longer than six months tend to be the most committed fans.
“We found that those who spend more than six years are more likely [to] be loyal fans,” Tietza said.
“People who have been in sports for years have been loyal fans, and those who have had longer experience have been more loyal.”
Housing costs, a lack of public transportation, and the lack of an urban environment can all play a role in fans’ loyalty.
The researchers say that if a sports fan feels that they’re not part of a team, then it may be more important to spend more of their time at a stadium than elsewhere.
Tietze said the study suggests that the relationship between a fan’s allegiance and the number of hours they spend at home could be important.
“There is a correlation between the number and quality of time spent at home,” Tienze said.
“The more people have to go to a stadium and have to spend time there, the more they are going to be drawn to the team.”
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