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NASCAR fans' responses to current and former NASCAR sponsors: the effect of perceived group norms and fan identification

Aron M. Levin (Associate Professor of Marketing, Northern Kentucky University, 470 BEP, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099, USA)
Fred Beasley (Associate Professor of Marketing, Northern Kentucky University)
Richard L. Gilson (Assistant Professor of Management, Northern Kentucky University)

International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship

ISSN: 1464-6668

Article publication date: 1 April 2008

Abstract

This research examined fans' purchase intentions towards the sponsor of a NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) event and towards the previous sponsor. The study shows that fans are more likely to purchase from the current sponsor and less likely to purchase from the previous sponsor. Fan identification and perceived group norms were significant predictors of purchase intentions towards the current sponsor, but only perceived group norms predicted purchase intentions towards the ex-sponsor. Additionally, perceived group norms partially mediated the relationship between fan identification and purchase intention.

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Levin, A.M., Beasley, F. and Gilson, R.L. (2008), "NASCAR fans' responses to current and former NASCAR sponsors: the effect of perceived group norms and fan identification", International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 35-46. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSMS-09-03-2008-B007

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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