By Ben Weavers and Lisa M. Miller, PhD.
Contributors to the Sports+Fitness Network
While sport communities build loyal cohesive social connections and ritualistic slogans and chants such as "One Nation Under the Red Sox" or an enthusiastic "O-H-I-O" for The Ohio State Buckeyes, churches struggle to capture loyal followers (Beneke & Remillard, 2014). Are sport facilities replacing cathedrals by serving as coping mechanisms bringing tidings of social support, tribalism, vitality, and collective conscience? What are the contents of a sport collective conscience?