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Steven Rindner Takes a Dig at the Psychology of All Sports Fans

Right from Denmark to Ushuaia, there's no single corner of the world, where a fan doesn't reside. They are by far the lifeblood for most of the professional sports and the only reason why one in the industry endures or leaves it sooner or later. There have been multiple discussion done regarding the fans, and their variety has already been judged. With due respect to the popularity of all the games, it must be stated, that football has to some extent has overpowered all and the number of fans resides mostly to this particular game. Obviously, more the number of fans, more is the discussion about them, and even the football fans have not been spared of it.
Steven Rindner, who himself is a big sport enthusiast and holds interest in a variety of sports has studied that right from the scholarly or the semi-scholarly cognitive articles in the journals to storms that upheaval the social networking sites, the nature of a true football fan is debated everywhere. But there has been some discrepancy in their nature when compared to the sport lovers earlier. Mostly people were considered to be supporters or fans of a particular team depending on the loyalty, which has now come down to the possession of the jerseys and other materialistic items. Nowadays the quality of a superior fandom is characterized by one eyed devotion to any of the club beyond good sense and sometimes even beyond the basic standards of decency. A sociological research done on all the fans supporting a football club, reveals that irrespective of the difference in the countries or languages, all of the fans express their emotion and behavior in one same language, the language of football.


Even there have been studies that define the nature of a true fan on field. Rindner claims that just being physically present on the ground might pose you as a spectator, but might not be a great fan. You need not stand in middle of the field to play the game, the real fans play it within along with their favorite players. This is indeed such a crucial issue that there have been multiple psychological studies done on this ground which point out how the involvement of the fans varies. There's a sport fan motivation scale which successfully isolates the eight different motives behind one becoming a fan. These individual motives are eustress or positive stress, entertainment, economic, group affiliation, family needs, escape, self esteem and aesthetic. It has been successfully designed to determine the intensity of the involvement of the fans and even helps the sport authorities to come up with strategies if they feel like increasing it.

Being a fan is never easy, believes Steven Rindner. It involves years of instruction, 'practice', dedication and demonstrating the knowledge in the presence of others before being accepted by 'real' fans. Each and every fan is essential for their favorite team and must consider themselves as the twelfth man of their team. You need to act so with a complete geared up kits cheering for your team. Just make sure, your over enthusiasm and involvement in the game must not showcase any hooliganism. Play it in the fair spirit of the game.