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The NFL Makes You Beat Your Spouse

| by Alex Groberman

According to a new study released on Tuesday, domestic abuse cases appear to increase after the abuser’d favorite team unexpectedly loses a game. This analysis, along with the one released around Super Bowl time that suggested folks whose favorite teams lose are more prone to heart attacks, suggest one thing: People take sports way too seriously.

As per the results of the latest study, men assaulting their wives or partners went up by 10 percent in areas where their local NFL team lost a game where they were favored to win. Before coming to this alarming conclusion, researchers studied 900 regular-season games and the subsequent domestic assault stats that followed.

"Our results suggest that the overall rise in violence between the intimate partners we studied is driven entirely by losses in games that matter most to fans," said a co-author of the study, Dr. David Card, of the University of California, Berkeley.

"This is not limited to football," Card added. "Someone who gets a speeding ticket on the way home, for example, might also be more likely to act out in a way he would later regret."

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This study appeared in the most recent issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics.