Some fans get slightly over-excited after a dunk, feel devastated after a loss, have mild anger control issues or are simply pleasantly insane by nature (that last link is from Those Lil Rabbits but its still hilarious).As Mike Perry describes in this post the most passionate fans tend to identify themselves as an integral part of the team they are supporting, with some of them – clearly – feeling less responsible for their individual behaviour.Offline or online the best way to do that is to encourage a fans self-awareness.It may be the fans themselves who can best prevent such incidents.
Connecting requires more interaction and more relationship and community building.
The consequence of this socialization is a fan base that is easier to reach and harder to engage.
It was more realistic for sports organizations to target mass markets when there were fewer competitors and fewer channels.
Peer pressure can curb unruly behavior before it begins to escalate.
In stadiums sports organisations aim to strengthen this process, for instance with the placement of mirrors, video cameras & public screens.