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TAMUK Professor’s study links Super Bowl outcome to stock market

Posted at 10:25 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 23:25:20-05

If you play the stock market, no matter which team you normally cheer for, you should be Rams fans Sunday night.

“When a team from the NFC wins, the stock market tends to rise,” Texas A&M Kingsville Finance Professor Dr. Thomas Krueger said. “If a team from the AFC wins, the stock market tends to fall.”

Los Angeles is the National Football Conference representative in Super Bowl LIII that will be played Sunday starting at 5:30 p.m. on Action 10.

“If you are an investor, you want the Los Angeles Rams to win, because historically the stock market will rise in those years,” Dr. Krueger said.

To reach that conclusion, Dr. Krueger researched all 52 Super Bowls to date. Three out of every four times that the NFC team won, the stock market ended up at the end of the year over the previous year. Dr. Krueger doesn’t know for sure why that’s the case.

“Some people say it’s because the NFC tends to have teams that are in larger markets,” he said. “And as a consequence you’ll have people who are more excited, more happy and the year [on Wall Street] is just better.”

Hearing that the study says a win by the AFC team this year, the New England Patriots, would mean a stock market that likely finishes the year down, one local investor is now against the Patriots.

“I would not be rooting for them,” Christie Irps said.

Patriots fan and Moody High School football player Andrick Rivera says he’s cheering for his team even if it means investors could take a hit.

“I’d still be a true fan to my team.”