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'Buzzer beaters' and 'barn burners': the effects on enjoyment of watching the game go 'down to the wire'






Journal of Sport and Social Issues 18(4): 326-339

'Buzzer beaters' and 'barn burners': the effects on enjoyment of watching the game go 'down to the wire'

Prior research on the effects of being kept in suspense about the outcome of a sports contest on spectators' enjoyment of the sporting event has yielded ambiguous findings, which the present investigation was designed to clarify. A high school football game in the USA was videotaped professionally. The tapes were edited, and play-by-play and colour commentary was added, so as to create a suspenseful version and a non-suspenseful version of the game.


Accession: 002549444

DOI: 10.1177/019372394018004003



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