Title sponsorship of cause-related sport events

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O'Reilly, Norm
Deshpande, Sameer
Faulkner, Guy
Latimer, Amy
Leblanc, Allana
Rhodes, Ryan E
Tremblay, Mark
Werman, Melissa
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2019
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Purpose: Corporations often benefit from associating their brand(s) with a sports property; in some cases, the property is owned or supported by a not-for-profit organization (NFP) championing a cause. Title sponsorship of such a sport event has received limited research attention but is important to a NFP for raising funds and in-kind contributions to support their cause. The purpose of this paper is to investigate title sponsorship of cause-related sport events. Design/methodology/approach: This research examines the title sponsorship of a cause-related sport event and its effectiveness in relation to the event, the organization, the cause and other sponsors of the NFP. Specifically, this study examines these questions in the context of a specific annual event, Sports Day in Canada organized by ParticipACTION, a national Canadian NFP and whose title sponsor is Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Findings: Results show that title sponsorship has significant potential value for the sponsor and the cause, perhaps to the detriment of other (lower tier) sponsors of the event and the NFP. Originality/value: This research has value to sponsors and cause-related sport events alike. In the case of sponsors, it provides insight into the value of title sponsorship vs other categories of sponsorship, for a brand considering sponsorship of cause-related sport property. For cause-related sport events, the research informs about the importance and possible revenue generation opportunity linked to the title sponsor category.

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Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal

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9

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2

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© 2019 Emerald. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.

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Commercial services

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Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism

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Canada

Cause-related marketing

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O'Reilly, N; Deshpande, S; Faulkner, G; Latimer, A; Leblanc, A; Rhodes, RE; Tremblay, M; Werman, M, Title sponsorship of cause-related sport events, Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 2019, 9 (2), pp. 185-200

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