NFL upsets cause a spike in domestic violence

11/23/09 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Apparently NFL upsets cause a spike in domestic violence, according to a new academic study titled Family Violence and Football.

Using Las Vegas spreads as an indicator of the expected outcome, a group of economists tracked reported incidents of family violence in areas loyal to a particular team. When the hometown favorite lost unexpectedly, reports of domestic violence went up 8 percent. And particularly wrenching losses, like in a playoff game, made it worse.

Another thing they found: unexpected wins do not decrease the reports of domestic violence significantly.

So this past weekend, in which the Steelers and Bengals lost, was probably a bad weekend for some people.

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