The Impact Of Sports On Sport On Society

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Introduction Participation in sport is a significant aspect of leisure activity in our society (Filo, Funk, & O’Brien, 2008). Additionally, sporting events influence millions of people and create a worldwide phenomenon- sport fandom (Keaton & Honeycutt, 2014). The emotions of sport fans rise and fall with their favorite team’s performance. Sometimes they exhibit unimaginable behaviors, such as taking off clothing in cold weather to celebrate the wins, bearing monsoon rains to buy a final ticket, or watching the same play on television again and again. These unique behaviors attract social scientists to investigate what transforms people into fans? Why fans demonstrate such commitment to specific team or player? Keaton and Honeycutt (2014) argued that when examining sport fandom, there are two significant considerations: the input and output. The input refers to the antecedents of sport fandom formation; the output is related to how fans strengthen the sport team identification. The interaction of these two factors influences diverse psychological and behavioral outcomes. And the various outcomes shape different types of sport fans. When participating in sporting events, different types of fans may experience different levels of physiological arousal involving heart rate, blood pressure, and different levels of neurotransmitter release (Keaton & Honeycutt, 2014; Lövheim, 2012). Smith (2006) also claimed that the motivation of spectating sports games is correlated to neural

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