Academic journal article International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship

Academic Concepts in the Mainstream

Academic journal article International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship

Academic Concepts in the Mainstream

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It is often said that in Europe sports marketing is barely into its second decade; in North America, the discipline is more mature in terms of both business and research. What has been achieved in the past ten years is staggering: a massive expansion of the industry, more common interest between academics and practitioners, and, not least, more academic journals.

So it is worth considering how marketing agencies, sponsors and organisations such as the IOC now talk about ambush marketing or CRM as if these methods had always been prominent in sport. Many have forgotten the origin of such concepts and the great deal of research and modelling undertaken by academics to help understand the issues. Ambush marketing, for example, has been studied in numerous academic journals for more than 20 years by Tony Meenaghan, now Professor at University College Dublin and a member of our editorial board. He highlighted the problem years before it was of interest to the majority of rights holders, sponsors or marketing agencies.

I am proud, therefore, to introduce this edition of the Journal as an example of the links between academics and practitioners. The papers here focus on a range of consumption and consumer behaviour related issues. The first three develop our knowledge through empirical findings; the conceptual article that follows provides a foundation for further research.

Portlock and Rose examine whether ambush marketing is losing its relevance to consumers. They consider the development of 'parallel event marketing' and how this may supplant outdated notions of ambushing or guerrilla marketing. …

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