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A review of attendance and non-attendance studies at sporting events

Author(s): JOHN DOUVIS

Journal: Biology of Exercise
ISSN 1791-325X

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Basketball | spectator | non-attendance scale | professional basketball league

Despite its rapid growth, in the last few years the GreekProfessional Basketball League has been concerned with the significant decrease in the general interest surrounding the game of basketball, which has resulted in a fewer number offans attending the league’s games. The Basketball Spectator Non-Attendance Scale is an instrument that facilitates the identification of factors associated with non-attendanceat professional basketball games in Greece. The scale was successfully tested for validity and reliability with a convenience sample of 270 students at the University of Athens. The design of the instrument, its practical applications and results from our initial findings are reported and explained. The paper also provides a review of attendance and non-attendance studies at sporting events, which are discussed in the context of current theoretical perspectives. Tentative recommendations are made for reaching this rather sizablenon-attendance market.
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