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Macro-aspects affecting sport sponsorship: The case of Hungarian professional soccer clubs’ sponsors

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  • Péter Berkes

    () (Semmelweis University, Sport Management Department, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Budapest, Hungary)

  • Mihály Nyerges

    (Semmelweis University, Sport Management Department, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Budapest, Hungary)

  • János Váczi

    (Semmelweis University, Sport Management Department, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Budapest, Hungary)

Abstract

Hungarian soccer and sponsorship market is a relatively new and unexplored subject of research in the field of sports sponsorship in view of the fact that most studies have focused on the major European soccer leagues so far. This paper focuses on the Hungarian soccer sponsorship market, which gives a variety of comparisons to other studies (Chadwick — Thwaites 2005; Couvelaere — Richelieu 2005; Bühler 2006) on soccer sponsorship focusing on the major soccer markets. A comprehensive overview of current literature on sport sponsorship in general, and soccer sponsorship in particular provided the theoretical base for this study, revealing that this specific research theme has little empirical evidence. Two issues repeatedly brought up by researchers as being important are the sponsoring companies’ objectives, and measuring the return on investment. The main objective of this paper, focusing on the Hungarian soccer sponsorship market, is to evaluate the range of soccer sponsorship objectives and the range of evaluation tools that sponsors use to measure the effectiveness of their sponsorships. The representatives of sponsor companies (N = 103) were asked to rate the importance of sponsorship objectives and the importance of the evaluation techniques which are used to measure the effectiveness of their soccer sponsorships.

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  • Péter Berkes & Mihály Nyerges & János Váczi, 2007. "Macro-aspects affecting sport sponsorship: The case of Hungarian professional soccer clubs’ sponsors," Society and Economy, Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary, vol. 29(3), pages 383-411, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:aka:soceco:v:29:y:2007:i:3:p:383-411
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    sports; soccer; sponsorship market; Hungary;

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