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Unlocking the black box of sponsorship in participant-based sport

Konstantinos Koronios (Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Peloponnese, Kalamata, Greece)
Lazaros Ntasis (Department of Sports Management, University of Peloponnese, Tripoli, Greece)
Panagiotis Dimitropoulos (Department of Sports Management, University of Peloponnese, Tripoli, Greece)
Anna Gerke (Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation Department, Audencia, Nante, France)

Sport, Business and Management

ISSN: 2042-678X

Article publication date: 13 September 2022

Issue publication date: 6 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to develop a more precise evaluation of sport sponsorship efficiency in participant-based sport, by investigating the specific aspects of participants' attitude and behavior toward sponsors. In more detail, this research develops a comprehensive sponsorship model in the participant sport context, integrating the following constructs: sport involvement, sincerity, social media use, beliefs about sponsorship, satisfaction with event, sponsor's image, awareness of sponsors, attitude toward sponsors, purchase and word of mouth intentions.

Design/methodology/approach

A quantitative method was utilized and 1,056 questionnaires were effectively collected and analyzed via SPSS and AMOS. Using structural equation modeling, this research tested a conceptual framework analyzing the role of different factors for sponsorship efficiency in a participant sport context.

Findings

The present research proposes a model of 10 variables which altogether permits a complete comprehension of how to expand the linkages among antecedents and outcomes of sport sponsorship in participant-based sports. The proposed factors assume a critical role in upgrading sponsorship effectiveness, which is reflected through a continuum of responses that regularly begins with sponsorship awareness and, at last, leads to increments in participants' purchase and word of mouth intentions regarding sponsors' products.

Research limitations/implications

Various implications for future studies as well as strategies to boost the advantages for sponsoring firms in participant-based sports, can be drawn from the suggested model.

Originality/value

Up to the present, there is a scarcity of research exploring the effectiveness of sponsorship in participant-based sports. The majority of sponsorship studies measure the impact of sponsorship on spectators, neglecting the role of participants as potential vehicles in the sport sponsorship setting. This study is the first to exploring the role of sport participants in sport sponsorship literature, provides a comprehensive framework, which can guide future studies and enhance sponsorship efficiency in a participant sport context.

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Citation

Koronios, K., Ntasis, L., Dimitropoulos, P. and Gerke, A. (2022), "Unlocking the black box of sponsorship in participant-based sport", Sport, Business and Management, Vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 598-617. https://doi.org/10.1108/SBM-12-2021-0148

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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