Research Finds Fans Attending Games Are More Responsive to Sponsors’ Activation Than Fans Viewing Games on TV

Fans attending sport events frequently are more likely to respond to sponsors’ activation messages

than fans viewing sport events frequently on TV for all sport categories. The difference between

sport event attendees vs. TV viewers is greatest among golf fans. The sponsorship Index is

slightly over 100 for TV viewers (118) but nearly five times greater for fans who attend

tournaments (527). Other sports with wide disparities favoring attendees include MMA, Tennis

and IndyCar.


Below are some interesting thoughts about the data.

  1. Attending games may be a more social experience than viewing games on TV, thereby                                       creating a more favorable impression of sponsors among game attendees;
  2. Sponsor advertising may be perceived as an intrusion for fans viewing games on TV,                                        whereas there may be no such feeling of intrusion when fans attend games;
  3. Depending on the type of activation, the sponsor’s logo, etc., may be exposed during the                                     entire game or event, whereas TV advertising receives only sporadic exposure during a game or event;
  4. Venue sponsorship will often feature more local sponsors that may be better known to fans than                       national companies who sponsor events on TV.

What do you think?

Note; This post was originally published in the SBRNet Newsletter – May 12, 2015

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