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Men beat their wives and girlfriends because of football
March 23, 2011, 1:39 pm
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CHRON: New report finds that domestic violence increases after upsets in the National Football League.

The study, in the Quarterly Journal of Economics (see abstract), used police reports of violent incidents on Sundays during the professional football season. They studied the six states in which the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans play home games.

Controlling for the pregame point spread and the size of the local viewing audience, the researchers found:

• Upset losses (defeats when the home team was predicted to win by four or more points) lead to a 10 percent increase in the rate of at-home violence by men against their wives and girlfriends.

• The rise in police reports after upset losses to a traditional rival (20 percent) was about twice that after upset losses to a non-rival team (8 percent)

• In contrast, losses when the game was expected to be close have small and insignificant effects.

• Upset wins (victories when the home team was predicted to lose) had little impact on violence.

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