Cheering fans are as ubiquitous to competitive sports as coaches and clipboards.
And something about that had always puzzled Yong-chae Rhee, an assistant professor in Washington State University’s sports management program.
After all, far more teams fall short of the ultimate goal each season than achieve it. There’s just one Super Bowl champion, for example, and 31 franchises that end up promising a better season next year. Only one of the 30 Major League Baseball teams wins the World Series. Of the 351 NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs, just 68 advance to March Madness and only one claims the title.
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