Fans Have More Friends
Sports fans may save the world—or at least improve political discourse. Research shows that identity politics can lead to division, but that sports fans are actually able to bridge gaps in otherwise polarized groups and are far less likely to dehumanize "other" people who believe differently than they do. Dave Sikorjak and co-Author Ben Valenta combine unprecedented research and data to show that sports fans have higher rates and levels of social capital and connectivity than non-sports fans, and that extends to those with political differences. In a Pew survey conducted for the book, they found that identifying as a "sports fan" softened the often hardened boundaries between "us" and "them," making more space for "we." He has been featured in The Atlantic and he was previously an executive at Publicis, NBC, and Madison Square Garden.
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