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Sport event-sponsor fit and its effects on sponsor purchase intentions: a non-consumer perspective among athletes, volunteers and spectators

Dimitra Papadimitriou (University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Kyriaki Kiki Kaplanidou (University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA)
Nikolaos Papacharalampous (University of Patras, Patras, Greece)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 7 March 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore how event volunteers, athletes and onsite spectators perceive the impact of sport event sponsorship on future purchase intentions of the event sponsor brand.

Design/methodology/approach

The research problem was based on propositions by Novais and Arcodia (2013) and proposes relationships between sponsor–event fit, brand attitude, perceived brand quality and sponsor brand purchase intentions. Data were collected from 352 Greek sport event consumers from the 2013 Classic Marathon event, in Athens, Greece, using onsite surveys targeting non-sponsor brand consumer spectators, volunteers and athletes.

Findings

The results reveal that sponsor–event fit indirectly influenced sponsor brand purchase intentions via brand attitude and brand quality across all three groups. However, the fit did not directly influence perceived brand quality of the sponsor across all three groups and directly influenced purchase intentions of the athlete group.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the duration of the event (one day), the sample sizes were not very large. In addition, the study was delimited on one sponsor from a single sport event. Therefore, the findings need to be tested with larger samples and additional sponsors and events to arrive to more robust conclusion about the purchase intention formation and its antecedents across multiple sport event consumer groups.

Originality/value

This study explores the power of sponsor–event fit among non-consumers of the sponsor brand and how the “interface” of event consumption through the lenses of three groups, namely, volunteer, spectator and athlete, influences brand attitude, perceived brand quality and sponsor brand purchase intentions.

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Citation

Papadimitriou, D., Kaplanidou, K.K. and Papacharalampous, N. (2016), "Sport event-sponsor fit and its effects on sponsor purchase intentions: a non-consumer perspective among athletes, volunteers and spectators", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 247-259. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-09-2014-0187

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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