I was a big APBA guy. Managed to play 64 games of the 1969 season for the entire AL one summer when all my friends seemed to be away. I remember almost all the stats were very close to reality but for some reason Reggie Smith had about 25 homers after 64 games. (In reality, he hit 25 homers over the full season.) I think his card was on steroids! Actually, there was nothing on his card that would lead to that kind of result, the dice just kept rolling in his favor.
I don't think that's what he's saying. If there are no formal group gatherings, then most people will create informal ones and consequences be damned. It's wired in. That's what I was suggesting and that's what he's responding to.
Professional sports (and rock concerts and Broadway, etc., etc.) really haven't any choice but to do what they've done. For them it's scripted and any connection to basic human nature is incedental.