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FAN BEHAVIOR AT JET GAME 2013 OCTOBER

 

Richard Lustberg, let me bring you into the conversation. You’re a psychologist. You spent a lot of time studying fan behavior. Someone reminded me today, remember, fan is short for fanatic. But we have seen the fights in the stands. Of course, we saw fans being attacked outside of stadiums, but it seems like this is happening more and more and more. is this alcohol? What is this?

RICHARD LUSTBERG, PSYCHOLOGIST: I think it’s a combination of things.

I think people have great difficulty holding and containing in emotions that they feel that are intolerable. So we see it all across society. We see it in our road rage. We see it in regular interactions on the streets. And so when you get 72,000 people together, it’s much more likely to happen.

So what is it, though? What is happening now in our society for us not to be able to control ourselves?

LUSTBERG: I think…

BALDWIN: That’s an interesting thought.

LUSTBERG: Thank you.

I think that it has to do with the fact that people have intense emotions that they’re unable to keep inside of themselves. So they need to discharge them immediately. They can’t hold them back. So, ultimately, you’re seeing these kind of interactions that we see on the streets and in the supermarkets, between people crossing the streets. Those angers and frustrations immediately come out. And, as you suggested, when you have alcohol involved and the heightened stimuli of the game, it only increases the opportunity for that to happen.

 

 

Aired October 21, 2013 – 15:00   ET