June 1997

Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics. Dissertation: "Testing Betting Market Efficiency in Professional and Collegiate Football." Areas of Specialization: Labor Economics, Urban Economics


August 1993

Masters of Arts in Economics


May 1992

Bachelor of Arts in Economics




Courses Taught

  • Business of Sports (Fall 2014 - 2017), Sports Analytics (Spring 2016, Spring 2017), Microeconomics (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017)


Departmental & University Service

  1. Create/Organize Olin Sports Business Summits (Sept 2015, Sept 2016); Featured over 2 dozen panelists with national reputations within the sports industry.

  2. University Marketing and Public Relations Contributions vis-a-vis Regional & National Media Engagements

PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS (Webster University - 1999-2015)

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Business Statistics (both undergraduate and graduate), Intermediate Microeconomics, Labor Economics, Topics in Economics: The Economics of Sports (both undergraduate and graduate), Managerial Economics (graduate), Econometrics.

Departmental & University Service

  1. Program Coordinator for Economics

  2. University Marketing and Public Relations Contributions vis-a-vis Regional and National Media Engagements

  3. Engagement in Student Recruitment Efforts

  4. Assessment Contributions within School of Business

  5. Community Service as Brand Ambassador for the University

  6. Faculty Athlete Representative

  7. Coordinator of SBT's Internship Program

  8. Commencement Contributions as "Reader of Names"

  9. Served on Various Business Department Hiring Committees


Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA) August 2014 - May 2015

  • Visiting Economics Professor (During Sabbatical from Webster)

  • Winner of LMU’s 2015 Cura Personalis Award (Econ Dept)

Invited Sports Economics Lecturer (2007 - Present)

  • UCLA (Summers; 2008-2014)

  • Pepperdine (Summers; 2008, 2011)

  • Washington University (Fall 2007, Fall 2014)

  • Saint Louis University (Fall 2010, Fall 2012)

  • University of Nevada-Reno (Summer 2010)

One-Year Visiting Economics Lecturer Appointments

  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte (June 1998 - May 1999)

  • Indiana University – Southeast (July 1997 - May 1998)


Sportsimpacts (St Louis, MO) October 2000 - Present Founder and CEO 


  • New client acquisition •

    • Entailing marketing through the media and presentations 

  • Project management

    • Entailing client interaction, labor recruitment and supervision 

  • Website creation and management

    • Entailing choice of website design, updating the site

  • Analytical and written tasks 

    • Entailing survey design, quantitative analysis using SPSS/IMPLAN, and report writing.

  • Industry Clients have included:

    • Convention and visitor bureaus

    • City Councils

    • Urban/regional sports commissions

    • Professional sports organizations

    • Professional sports leagues

    • Law firms

    • Collegiate athletic departments


Current Professional Titles:

  • Director, Sports Business Program, Washington University in St. Louis (June 2015-Present)

    • Additionally, Professor of Practice in Sports Business

  • Founder/CEO, Sportsimpacts (2000-Present)  

  • Sports Business Contributor, (2010-Present)


Consulting and Media Achievements

  • Over 85 sports-related Market Research and Economic Impact studies completed since 2000, including 3 Super Bowls, 3 Final Fours, and serving as expert economist in 3 high-profile cases (2017-18 NCAA vs Todd McNair, 2015-16 Ben Dogra employment lawsuit, 2012 Manny Pacquiao defamation lawsuit);

  • In Nov 2016, authored economic impact study for potential MLS expansion team to St. Louis 

  • Completed projects for over 20 Division I NCAA Championship events, several college bowl games, and economic impact studies for two of America’s largest athletic departments (Ohio State, University of Texas)

  • Attracted over 4 million readers for 800+ Sports Business OpEd articles authored since May 2010

  • Monthly national media appearances (e.g. CNBC, Bloomberg TV, FoxBusiness, CNN) discussing topical Sports Business stories, including appearances on NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News and CNBC’s “Squawk Box”.


Academic and Writing Achievements

  • Author of book regarding lessons in Leadership, Innovation, and Strategy in the Sports Industry (released August 2018)

  • 16 articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals

  • Winner of the 2018 Reid Teaching Award, selected by Olin Business Students at WashU

  • Multiple prior invitations to teach his popular Sports Business course at numerous top 100 schools, including UCLA, Saint Louis University, and Pepperdine University

  • As Washington University’s Sports Business Director, organize annual Olin Sports Business Summit, organize Sports Immersion trips, and engage in both career services activities for students, as well as alumni relations activities with Wash U alums in the sports industry

  • In a 16-year career at Webster University, achieved tenured, reached rank of Full Professor, and was nominated for Kemper Teaching Award in Spring 2015

  • Has moderated sports business panels at esteemed conferences at MIT and Stanford

  • During the 2014-15 academic year on sabbatical, earned the prestigious Cura Personalis Award while a Visiting Economics Professor at Loyola Marymount University (LA)

  • Since 2010, earned invitations as guest speaker on Sports Business topics at Harvard University, New York University, UCLA, University of British Columbia, and Saint Louis University.


Dr. Patrick Rishe ( is the Director of the Sports Business Program and Professor of Practice in Sports Business at Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, he is the Founder and CEO of sports consulting firm Sportsimpacts, and a Sports Business contributing writer for


As the Director of the Sports Business Program at Wash U since June 2015, Dr. Rishe:

  1. Teaches courses in The Business of Sports, Sports Analytics (the latter being largely a speaker series of guest contributors from industry), and Sport Marketing;

  2. Annually organizes a Fall Sports Business Summit, which features 15-20 sports business executives from across the country;

  3. Produces Sports Immersion trips for networking purposes, which consists of traveling with 8-10 students to major markets (e.g. Los Angeles, New York) to visit the corporate offices of various teams, leagues, and organizations tied to the sports industry;

  4. Recruits Experiential Learning Projects for students to gain real-world consulting experiences on sports business projects; a. Current projects (Spring 2018) include work with the St. Louis Cardinals and Carolina Hurricanes; b. Recently completed projects (Spring 2017) include work with Populous and the Vegas Golden Knights;

  5. Markets the Olin Business School and the university at large through frequent media appearances (CNN, CNBC, FoxBusiness, and various newspaper publications seeking his commentary on a variety of topical sports business issues);

  6. Recruits speakers for the Joseph Lacob Speaker Series (named after program benefactor, Joe Lacob, owner of the Golden State Warriors). a. Speakers have included executives from Wasserman, Populous, Fox Sports, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, VenueNext, Halo Neuroscience, Vegas Golden Knights, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and more;

  7. Builds and/or advocates for new curriculum within the program, including the Sports Analytics and Sports Law courses (added in 2016), and a Sport Marketing class (added in 2018-19);

  8. Provides career guidance for students, leveraging his vast network of sports industry connections to help students find internships and/or entry-level work in the sports industry.

  9. Engaging alumni to participate with the program, either through guest visits to Wash U, or through experiential learning projects assigned to Wash U students. 


As the Founder and CEO of Sportsimpacts since 2000, Dr. Rishe’s firm has:

  • Executed over 80 client projects, including studies for high-profile events such as 3 Super Bowls (2016, 2011, 2006), 3 Final Fours (1 Men’s Final Four, 2 Women’s), the 2004 Ryder Cup, and the 2013 Presidents’ Cup. Most of these projects entail Economic Impact analysis; -

  • Served as an expert witness in economic damages calculations for the NCAA vs ex-USC Running Backs Coach Todd McNair (2017-18), Ben Dogra (2016 – former Co-Chair of CAA Football agency), Manny Pacquiao (2012 – former champion boxer), and a Norwegian Nordic-combined Olympic skier (2004); -

  • Formed long-standing ties with the National Association of Sports Commissions (which serves over 800 sports commissions and tourism agencies across America).


His last economic impact study was an Economic and Fiscal Impact assessment for the 2018 SEC Men’s Basketball Championship held in St. Louis in March 2018. Regarding his non-academic writing and other professional development activities: 

  • In Summer 2018, Dr. Rishe will publish his first book entitled “They Shoot…They Score!!! Lessons in Leadership, Innovation, and Strategy from the Business of Sports” The theme of the book is Lessons on Leadership, Innovation, and Strategy from the Sports Industry, and will consist of 50 interviews with Dr. Rishe’s sports industry contacts. For more, visit -

  • Dr. Rishe has been a contributing OpEd columnist for since 2010, where he has published over 800 pieces which have garnered over 4 million readers. In related media works, his insights on topical sports business issues have appeared on various national media outlets such as NBC Nightly News, CBS News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, Fox Business, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio, Marketplace Radio, and NPR.


Regarding his academic writing and other past academic related activity: - Dr. Rishe has published 16 academic papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Sport Marketing Quarterly and the International Journal of Sport Finance.

  • In the classroom, he has taught Sports Business courses at UCLA, Saint Louis University, and Pepperdine University, has been a guest speaker at Harvard’s Sports Law Symposium and NYU’s Tisch Graduate School of Sport Management, a 3-time moderator (2015-2017) at the MIT Sports Analytics Conference, and a 2-time moderator at Stanford University’s Sports Innovation Conference (2015, 2018)

  • Prior to joining Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Rishe enjoyed a distinguished 16-year career in what was then the George Herbert Walker Business School at Webster University, where he reached the rank of Full Professor in Spring 2013 and was nominated for the illustrious Kemper Teaching Award in Spring 2015. During the 2014-15 academic year while on sabbatical at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he won the Cura Personalis Award in Spring 2015 from LMU’s Economics Department.


Dr. Rishe holds a PhD in Economics from Binghamton University (N.Y.), and a Bachelors and Masters degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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