The answers come in two categories: (1) Men watch football for entertainment. It is a pleasant diversion and distraction from their dull routines. (2) Men watch football to meet deep psychological needs and desires.
The first answer – football as entertainment – is certainly true. Football provides an exciting source of stimulating amusement.
But it offers so much more.
Like good therapy, football satisfies many psychological and social needs in the lives of men. Following is a list of some of the needs Andelman highlights:
Football is a means of male bonding. Many males play football during their childhood and adolescent years. The game is a source of bonding between men and other men, and even more particularly, between boys and their fathers