Format of Original
Henry Stewart Publication
Journal of Brand Strategy
Athlete endorsement deals typically assume that the brand will benefit from an association with the celebrity athlete's public persona. When athletes find themselves in trouble with the law, spouses or frustrated fans, brands like Nike, Reebok, Buick, Wrangler and others must ask, 'Can these "rogue" sports celebrity endorsers resurrect their image and their endorsement power? Are there certain "rebellious" products that may be better suited for endorsement from such rogue celebrities? These are the key questions addressed in this research. Survey results asking respondents to assess real athlete endorsers with either a 'rebel' or benign brand show that matching rebel endorsers with rebel brands can lead to positive brand attitudes and purchase intentions. Social identity theory, which shows how consumers identify with the athlete, and how that rubs off on the brand, is sued to explain the effects found in the study. Implications are addressed for marketers considering athletes are endorsers.
Pokrywczynski, Jim and Brinker, David L. Jr., ""Rogue" Athlete Endorsers: Using Social Identity Theory to Assess Brand Fit" (2012). College of Communication Faculty Research and Publications. 140.