The psychology of a sports fan

Published: Sep. 26, 2016 at 9:28 PM EDT
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When the Vols win like they did Saturday against Florida, it's a positive week in East Tennessee. But if they lose, some fans experience a rough following week.

"You feel that you're part of the Tennessee team, where people quite literally feel like when the team loses, they lose," said Garriy Shteynberg, a UT psychology professor. "They know they're not playing the game but on a psychological level it's as if they are playing the game--that we sink or swim together. "

Shteynberg said that feeling will likely carry into your week.

"If they win you go to work everybody is all happy, if they loose you complain to everyone at work all week long until the next game," said Mike Dobek.

The success of a team can also have an affect on business within the area of where a sports team plays. Bill Fox, Director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at UT, said the success of the Vols can have an impact on the economy.

"It does affect the perception of people in the city," said Fox. "The more winning the program is the more people will be at games and therefor the hotel rooms that are stayed in, the meals that are purchased go up with winning."

Fox said that the impact of a winning program is about attracting people into the community.