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Are sports sponsorship announcements good news for shareholders? A meta-analysis

Kamran Eshghi

International Journal of Research in Marketing, 2022, vol. 39, issue 1, 268-287

Abstract: The number of studies on the marketing–finance interface has escalated in response to increased interest in the value of marketing investments, such as sports sponsorship. This study integrates current research findings and establishes empirical generalizations on how sports sponsorship announcements impact firm value. The empirical literature finds contradicting results on the value shareholders place on these marketing investments. This paper addresses this issue by undertaking a meta-analysis on stock reactions to sport sponsorship announcements, using 3192 of these announcements taken from 36 studies (41 samples). On aggregate, these announcements drew the attention of shareholders since there was a positive and significant cumulative abnormal return (CAR). However, this positive effect was mostly observed in the 1990s and became negative in the 2000s. Overall, shareholders viewed sports sponsorship investments favorably when there was a functional and geographical congruence between sponsors and sponsees. This paper also shows that the differences in the CAR can be explained by controlling for confounding events and host country. The paper concludes by providing potential avenues for further research in sports sponsorship, using the event study method.

Keywords: Sports sponsorship; Event study; Abnormal return; Meta-analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ijresmar.2021.04.003

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