Why do so many sports championships result in riots?

Some sore losers might literally be that after riots Sunday night in Argentina following the South American country's World Cup Final loss to Germany. 

By Monday morning, the arrest total had climbed to at least 50 people. 

By most media accounts, the immediate aftermath of Argentina's loss was peaceful with thousands gathering in Buenos Aires near the national monument Obelisco.

But Todo Noticias in Argentina had cameras in that square after federal police cleared the area. Several reports described young people with rocks as the main source of the damage.

Why the uproar? By most accounts, Argentina played above its expected ceiling by making it to the final and was widely expected to get beaten badly by a German team packed with goal scorers. You'd think such a performance would be a point of pride.

This violence adds to the list of riots following major sports games. It wasn't even anger over championships as some people in host country Brazil rioted after it lost in this year's World Cup semifinals.

When Kentucky fans rioted after winning the 2012 NCAA men's basketball championship, Fox Sports talked to a professor at Ohio Northern University who studies sports riots. 

To learn more about their findings on why sports riots occur, watch this Newsy video. 


 

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