Study Shows That Americans Are Superstitious in Sports

A survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Tipico Sportsbook found that Americans believe they play a role in whether their sports team wins or loses. The study of 2400 Americans found that two-thirds of spots fans are superstitious.

Superstitious habits Americans displayed 

The researchers found that the study participants exhibited some superstitious habits. These include sitting in a particular place (42%), wearing a special jersey during the game (50%), and refusing to wash a jersey until the game season ends (44%).

About 62% would blame themselves when their team lost a game. They would explain their loss from not wearing a specific jersey or sitting in the right spot. Moreover, about 38% considered a family member terrible luck. For this reason, approximately 84% would ask others to leave while watching a game.

About 81% of the respondents would attend or watch sporting events during the holidays. Another 81% thought watching sports with people was fun. Furthermore, 71% considered the stages higher if they watched sporting events with loved ones.

Approximately 74% of the participants thought it would be more exciting to watch an event with a loved one on the opposing team. About 2 in 3 enjoyed antagonizing people from rival groups.

Americans bet with loved ones

About 59% of the respondents would make bets with their friends and family. The stakes would include making their rivals shave their heads, her a strange haircut, wearing the opposing team’s jersey, or paying the bill at a bar.

According to the CEO of Tipico Sportsbook, Adrian Vella, Americans enjoy watching sports with their loved ones during the holidays. Moreover, watching with their families raises the stakes. It also presents an opportunity to have friend rivals.

About 74% of the participants think sports are more fun with skin in the game. Another 49% participate in sports betting, while 90% are more excited by games when they bet money.

About 45% of the participants always bet when they attend or watch the sports event. When choosing who to bet on, the participants listened to expert opinion (36%) or the most popular team (41%). About 54% did not want anyone wishing them luck as they thought this was a bad sign.

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