Rivalry and fan aggression: why acknowledging conflict reduces tension between rival fans and downplaying makes things worse

@article{Berendt2018RivalryAF,
  title={Rivalry and fan aggression: why acknowledging conflict reduces tension between rival fans and downplaying makes things worse},
  author={J. Berendt and S. Uhrich},
  journal={European Sport Management Quarterly},
  year={2018},
  volume={18},
  pages={517 - 540}
}
ABSTRACT Research question: In order to reduce fan aggression surrounding rivalry games, team sport organizations often try to placate fans by downplaying the importance of the game (e.g. ‘the derby is not a war’). Drawing on the intergroup conflict literature, this research derives dual identity statements and examines their effectiveness in reducing fan aggressiveness compared to the managerial practice of downplaying rivalry. Research methods: Three field experimental studies (one face-to… Expand
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