The current investigation examined the extent to which sport fandom serves as a source of meaning in life. Participants completed a questionnaire packet assessing their level of fandom, level of identification with their favorite team, and their perception that following sport given their life meaning and purpose. The data suggest that, although sport fandom can and does provide meaning in life, it does so at modest levels. Additionally, as hypothesized, certain individuals were more likely to see sport fandom as a source of meaning, namely those with greater levels of general fandom and team identification.
Wann, Daniel L. and Fast, Nancy H.
"Using Sport Fandom to Aid in the Search for Meaning,"
Findings in Sport, Hospitality, Entertainment, and Event Management: Vol. 1, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.memphis.edu/finsheem/vol1/iss1/1