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Not All Sports Rivalries Are Created Equal, Northern Kentucky University Researchers Find

Aaron Doster
Benches clear into the outfield during a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Saturday, April 3, 2021. The Reds won 9-6.

There are few things sports fans love more than a good old-fashioned, bitter rivalry. That's especially true in Greater Cincinnati. If we can't taste championships, we can at least savor the occasional victory over our hated regional foes.

But here's an upsetting thought: Our major league sports enemies may not be thinking about us as much as we think about them. At least that's according to new research by students and faculty at Northern Kentucky University, which took a scientific look at rivalries among Major League Baseball and National Football League teams. 

Joining Cincinnati Edition to talk about that research is Northern Kentucky University Sports Business Professor Joe Cobbs, PhD. Also joining the program to talk about the history of rivalries our own Cincinnati Reds have engaged in is author and sports journalistJohn Erardi.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.