Most fans develop a bond with a team as children. For reasons that may go unquestioned, they stick with it, no matter the emotional toll. In the view of the New Yorker writer and editor Roger Angell, our connection to sports is ultimately tied to caring: “deeply and passionately, really caring — which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives,” he wrote in 1975.
"Game Over: These Guys Are No Longer Big Sports Fans" is from the January 12, 2017 Lifestyle section of The New York Times. It was written by Sridhar Pappu and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.