Interesting Study from Nevada State College

Dec 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm ET

Do you get more worked up when your favorite NFL team loses or when your fantasy football team loses? I have a friend that quit playing fantasy football because he found that he wasn't enjoying the games anymore. It's a question I've personally been thinking about over the past few years so my interest was piqued when I got an email from Tony Scinta at NSC on this topic.

Here's the survey if you're interested. I'd like to see the results.

Here are a few words from Tony:

At one time or another, I bet everyone has wondered whether we should root for a fantasy player who is going up against our "real" NFL team. I think it all boils down to a simple question: does it feel better when my fantasy football team wins, or when my favorite NFL team wins?

My interest in this question goes beyond simply curiosity - in addition to being a die-hard sports fan, I'm a professor who is conducting research on this issue. If you're interested in taking part in the study (a fun study, I think, that asks about the things we like to talk about in our free time), please visit the link below. The survey itself is quite short and should only take about 5-10 minutes to complete. I'll be happy to share the results once the data have been collected and analyzed. I know that 99% of the time people ignore stuff like this, so all I ask is that you click on the link and at least take a look at the first few questions. If it's not your cup of tea, feel free to bail out.

Your responses to the survey will be completely anonymous. As you'll see, I don't ask for your name, your forum/member/guest name, or anything else that might allow me to identify you. If you have a few minutes, I would greatly appreciate it if you could help out a fellow fantasy player and football fan. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

I've already filled out the survey. If you've got a few minutes to spare, please consider providing your two cents to the survey.

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