Consumer Engagement on Weibo in a Professional Sport Context: The Case of the Chinese Super League

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Yuanyuan Cao Graduate School of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

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Ziyuan Xu Graduate School of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

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Hirotaka Matsuoka Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

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Online fan communities on social media are an effective avenue for sport organizations to engage sport fans. Sport fans who identify with online fan communities express positive and negative consumer engagement behavior (CEB) on social media. Most researchers focus on the positive valence of CEB. This study explores the mediating effect of both positive and negative valences of CEB between online fan community identification and behavioral intention simultaneously. Additionally, the moderating effect of satisfaction with teams’ performance is examined. This study contributes to the conceptualization of the negative valence of CEB on social media and extends the literature on the dual valence of CEB in the sport context. It also provides insights to sport managers on relationship marketing on social media.

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