“Fuelled by Passion”: Obsessive Passion Amplifies Positive and Negative Feelings Throughout a Hockey Playoff Series

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Previous research has shown that the highs and lows of sport fandom are more extreme for fans with strong levels of obsessive passion. The authors tested if this amplification effect applied to how hockey fans felt throughout a National Hockey League (NHL) playoff series. Fans of the Winnipeg Jets (N = 57) reported levels of harmonious and obsessive passion prior to the start of the 2019 NHL playoffs and then reported their feelings the day after each game of the first playoff round. The results supported the amplification hypothesis by showing that the impact of game result on both positive and negative feelings the day after a game was more extreme for fans with high obsessive passion. This moderating effect, however, appeared to be driven primarily by responses to losses.

Schellenberg is with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Verner-Filion is with the Dept. of Education Sciences, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, QC, Canada.

Schellenberg (ben.schellenberg@umanitoba.ca) is corresponding author.

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