The Sports Ethicist- The Paradox of Fandom
The Paradox of Fandom
In this episode of The Sports Ethicist Show, we focus on the value of being a sports fan. In her paper, â€œBeing a Sports Fan: Paradox and Intrinsic Value,â€ Prof. Gwen Bradford (Rice University) defends a view of the value of being a sports fan based on the idea that it is a good thing for fans to value the good of their team winning.Â This, however, seems to lead to a paradox because fans do not value the same good when their teamâ€™s opponents win. Prof. Bradford and Shawn Klein discuss the value of being a fan, this paradox, and other issues arising in fandom.