This is specious and then some. As a fan, there has to be some way for us to express our displeasure without being told that we're bad fans or not fans at all. It's not just sports either. My wife just bought me a floor ticket to see Iron Maiden in August. I'm going with my groomsmen and we're all big fans. 3 teachers and a chemist. Now, Iron Maiden are drug-free and work hard as any band and put on an awesome show, but if they did for some reason come on stage and were sloppy and missing notes and generally just going through the motions, you don't think we should boo? You don't think we have any right to express displeasure with the band not trying hard, even though they just divested all of us of 100 bucks? Entertainment is entertainment. You pay expecting something. Generally, that something is that people entertaining you are putting in the effort. I don't love every Iron Maiden song and I know Jazz will lose games. That's fine. I'm just looking for effort. If the effort is not there, is there something I can do to express displeasure other than stop following the band/team? That's usually how athletes and musicians react if you try to stop buying their product. They generally say "you're not really a fan" if you don't unconditionally follow them. It just seems that the logic here is "gives us your money and shut up." I don't want to stop being a Jazz fan or stop spending money on the team. Do I have no other option except to shut up or leave?