HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Corporate Sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup 1995: An Analysis of Sponsors and Spectators

Document Type

Article

Date

9-1997

Publication Title

South African Journal of Business Management

ISSN or ISBN

2078-5585

Volume

28

Issue

3

First Page

73

Last Page

81

Description

This study analyses the participation of sponsors and their success in a major world sports event, the Rugby World Cup 1995. Both the sponsors as well as a sample of spectators are interviewed. Sponsors are asked why they sponsored this event, their objectives, communications programme and their evaluation of the sponsorship. Spectators are asked if they can recall the sponsors of this event and whether their buying behaviour has changed as a result. The results indicate that most sponsors reached their objectives, but from the spectator point of view, there were some mixed results. A literature review of sponsorship in sport is undertaken, as well as some guidelines proposed for those organizations considering sponsoring a major sports event.

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