A recent study from the University of Colorado finds that game days result in an increased number of assaults, liquor law violations, and assaults. It is rather fitting that this study would come out of CU given the anarchy that erupted during the Buff’s 2005 loss to the Nuskers. Yes, the study came out of the Denver not the Boulder campus, but it still works.
The study used data from 2000-2005 from twenty-six police agencies. Among the finding were:
home games are associated with a 13 percent increase in arrests for drunk driving, a 41 percent increase in arrests for disorderly conduct, and a 76 percent increase in arrests for liquor law violations . . .
host community registers sharp increases in assaults on game days. In addition, there is evidence that vandalism, arrests for disorderly conduct, and alcohol-related arrests increase on game days, but no support for the hypothesis that away games are related to offenses. The largest estimated effects are found when an upset occurs, defined as when an unranked team beat a ranked team or when a lower-ranked team beat a higher-ranked team.
So fans of losing teams tend to get drunk and fight. This study could have been completed by watching the video of these no-class Penn State fans after losing to Ohio State.
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