Identifying Bandwagon Fans
Within the sports community, there is a fierce amount of
loyalty when it comes to specific teams. Fans tend to pick
a team to support in their early years, and then stay loyal
to the team for their entire life.
Because of this, many people are hypersensitive to and
especially aware of people who appear to be bandwagon
fans. A bandwagon fan is someone who only likes a
specific team because they’re doing well in a particular
season or they won a championship or bowl game.
Loyal fans of sports team can become very defensive and rude when interacting with people they
perceive to be bandwagon fans. They perceive bandwagon fans to be disloyal and fake.
If you aren’t sure if someone is a bandwagon fan or not, there are a few simple ways that you can tell.
Make sure you know who the best teams are currently in each sport.
For example, let’s say the Arizona State Sun Devils are doing really well in basketball. If you are
wondering if someone who is decked out in Arizona State apparel is really a fan of them or not, ask them
who their favorite team is.
Chances are that they’re likely to say Arizona State. The next step is to ask them why Arizona State is
their favorite team.
A True Fan
If they can come up with solid reasons why Arizona State is their favorite team, like statistics, plays, or
strategies, odds are that they’re a true fan. But if they can only say vague comments about the team
being awesome or really good, then
chances are they’re a bandwagon fan.
If you find out someone is a bandwagon
fan, try not to be too hard on them. They
just want to be accepted and to love
sports just like everyone else.
Another way to tell if someone is a
bandwagon fan is to check out their gear.
If their Arizona State apparel seems brand
new, it is likely that they are a bandwagon fan.
A fan who has been with a team for awhile will most likely have gear that is more worn in, used, and
loved. This is not a foolproof way of telling a bandwagon fan from a loyal fan, so it is important that you
be careful with this step.
Mirror of Their Team
It is also important to recognize how loyal a fan
is in regards to how well the team is doing. If a
fan stands by their time through thick and thin,
through good times and bad, then they’re
probably a real fan.
But if the fan only likes a team when they’re
doing well, this is a big clue to you that they’re
probably not a real fan. Another way to tell if
someone is a bandwagon fan is to ask them if
they’re a bandwagon fan in a very
If they become very defensive and rude, they’re probably a bandwagon fan. If they don’t really care
what you’re saying and are confident in being a fan of their team, then they are probably a real fan.
If you are a sports fan who is overly concerned about whether or not someone is a real fan, then follow
these steps to find out the truth.
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