Buying a sponsor's brand : the role of affective commitment to the sponsored team

Lings, Ian N. & Owen, Kate M. (2007) Buying a sponsor's brand : the role of affective commitment to the sponsored team. Journal of Marketing Management, 23(5/6), pp. 483-496.

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Sponsorship is increasingly important in a firm's communication mix. Research to date has focused on the impact of sponsorship on brand awareness and its subsequent consequences for image congruency and consumer attitudes towards sponsors' brands. A lesser studied area is the effect of sponsorship on consumers' purchase intentions and behaviours. We argue that existing models of sponsorship driven purchase behaviour fail to account for affective commitment, which mediates relationship between affiliation with the team and social identification with the team. We propose a modified framework describing the effect of sponsorship on purchase intentions in the context of low and high performing sports teams. The framework is tested using structural equations modelling; employing PLS estimation and data collected via online survey of AFL chat room participants. Results confirm the role of affective commitment in sport sponsorship purchase intentions and indicate that team success has a significant influence on fans' purchase behaviours.

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ID Code: 31773
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: consumer behaviour, sponsorship, sports marketing, structural equations modelling, PLS analysis
DOI: 10.1362/026725707X212784
ISSN: 0267-257X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Deposited On: 14 Apr 2010 05:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:43

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