Do Sports Rituals Work?

PRRI’s latest poll, which examines whether people believe the supernatural is at play in sports, finds that roughly 1-in-5 (21 percent) sports fans say they perform some ritual before or while watching their favorite team. Roughly two-thirds (66 percent) of rituals center around wearing team jerseys or clothing with the team’s color, while nearly one-quarter (24 percent) involve some type of activity, such as dancing in a circle, sitting in the same seat, or giving a pep talk to the television.

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