The Role of Sports Sponsorship in Improving Brand Equity A Study on the Saudi Fans in Riyadh. KSA
Iyad A. Al-Nsour
The study aims at diagnosing the impact of the sports sponsorship on the brand equity in the minds of Saudi sports audience as well as determining the statistical differences in using the sports sponsorship and brand equity according to some organizational and demographical variables. The research population consists of two sub-populations which are the sports journalists and the Saudi sports audience in the city of Riyadh. The purposive sampling method is used and the calculated samples size is 40 of Saudi sports journalists and 387 persons of the sports audience. The study concludes that sport sponsorship has a positive significant effect on brand equity in the minds of the Saudi sports audience. The study finds that there are no statistical differences in using the sports sponsorship while such differences in brand equity are proved according to age. Finally, the study suggests a set of recommendations and implications that enhance the sport sponsorship in the Saudi market.