Why did San Francisco’s World Series celebration turn ugly?
The Christian Science Monitor - 10/30/2014
This sort of behavior is more easily explained in the context of crowd behavior as much as sports fan behavior, says Dan Lebowitz, executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport and Society at Northeastern University in Boston.
“People take the cloak of crowd anonymity to allow themselves to do things they would not normally do if they were actually being accountable for themselves,” he says. This is accelerated when the individuals have already taken on a strong group identification by being a loyal team fan, he points out, adding “there is a very thin line between being a sports fan and a sports fanatic.”