Faculty Publications

Title

Continuing to bridge the academic-practitioner divide: Development of the general parsimonious scale (GPS) for spectator sports

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Game attractiveness, General parsimonious scale (GPS), Spectator sports

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Event Management

Volume

20

Issue

4

First Page

477

Last Page

489

Abstract

The academic and practical sides of the sport industry have exhibited different preferences for measurement tools. Practitioners tend to adopt concise instruments that are economical to administer. However, many practice-oriented studies are often viewed by academics as deficient in scientific rigor. These different preferences for scale development and usage have created the so-called "academic-practitioner divide." Following the earlier initiative to bridge this division, this present study developed the General Parsimonious Scale (GPS) to assess four components of sport events that can affect consumers' game attendance decision. An extensive literature review made it possible to select a small set of indicators measuring four dimensions of sport events without suffering theoretical rigor. The GPS indicates appropriate psychometric properties and exhibits appropriate explanatory ability, providing both academics and practitioners with a reliable and concise instrument that can be applied to measure different components of sport events.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2016

DOI of published version

10.3727/152599516X14745497664316

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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