Document Type : Research Paper


1 Faculty of Ferdowsi university of Mashhad; Mashhad; Iran.

2 Associate Professor of Sport management, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

3 Ph.D. Student of Sport Management, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran


The aim of this study was to analyze the barriers to financing sport entrepreneurs by Q method. The methodology of the research was applied in terms of objectives, exploratory in nature and of mixed research (qualitative-quantitative). 30 sport entrepreneurs who had experience in sport businesses between 15 and 40 years were selected as the population. They were interviewed with Q method, and cards based on Q propositions were distributed among them. Based on the distributed cards, 38 final propositions were identified and subsequently prioritized by the participants. Finally, Q factor analysis findings and results revealed 9 mental patterns for the barriers to financing sport entrepreneurs. With regard to these nine patterns, it can be concluded that financial resources are the driving force of sport businesses and that if entrepreneurs face issues such as severe administrative bureaucracy, lack of entrepreneurial knowledge and communications in the community and high-profit banking services to grow and develop businesses, the boom will not return to the sport businesses.


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