You call yourself a fan?

Updated: May 10, 2014

A fantasy football draft is underway, and a New England Patriots fan has taken Tom Brady’s biggest rival Peyton Manning first overall. He doesn’t think twice to toss his team aside for the sake of a fantasy point. Sorry, Tom.

Fantasy sports and social media are leading to a decline in fan loyalty. Twitter, while a useful medium for finding out international news and celebrity gossip, can be detrimental to a sports fan.

An accidental tap of a smartphone can show the score of the big game you were rushing to get home to see. A 2011 Adweek/Harris poll showed that only 60 percent of viewers watch NFL games live on their TVs, proving that recaps and highlights are becoming increasingly popular and live sports are becoming a thing of the past.

Fantasy football and fantasy baseball have grown immensely in recent years. According to a Fox Business article, there are an estimated 34 million fantasy sport participants in the U.S.

Spectators are starting to move their focus from the television screen to the computer screen.

College basketball is one of the most beloved sports in America largely because of March Madness. It is the largest conglomeration of sports teams coming together for a common goal.

One of the biggest incentives to watch March Madness is the ability to fill out your own bracket. An interactive tournament experience in which bracket-fillers pick the winners of each of the 63 games played. An estimated 30 million people participate each year with many putting money into a pool for the most accurate bracket.

If the Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s basketball team were to have won the MAAC tournament and received a bid into the NCAA tournament, would there be more bias picks on the Quinnipiac campus? Probably not. All participants, especially those with money involved, intend to pursue a perfect bracket. This means that Quinnipiac students that filled out a bracket would likely not have had Quinnipiac winning it all, and most likely not even one game.

Fan loyalty goes out the window when fantasy sports are involved. Fantasy sport participants are more likely to pick who they believe will win over who they want to win, diminishing fan loyalty.

But that’s not how it should be. Get off the computer, grab some chips and dip, and gather around and root for the home team.

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