Patrick Rishe

Director, Sports Business Program & Professor of Practice in Sports Business

Patrick Rishe

Patrick Rishe

Dr. Rishe began his term as the Director of Olin's Sports Business Program in June 2015. He also is the Founder and President of the sports consulting firm Sportsimpacts founded in 2000, and since 2010 has been a contributing Sports Business writer for Prior to joining Washington University, he was a Full Professor of Economics at Webster University where he had been a tenured faculty member since 2003. He has previously taught his popular Sports Business course as a visiting lecturer at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University, and Saint Louis University. He has also been an invited guest speaker at Harvard's Sports Law Symposium, NYU's Tisch School of Management, and in 2015 moderated panels at both the MIT Sports Analytics Conference and Stanford's Sports Innovation Conference.

Area of Expertise

Economics, Microeconomics/ Industrial Organization


  • Ph D 1997, Binghamton University
  • MS 1993, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • BA 1992, University of North Carolina-Charlotte


  • 2018 Reid Teaching Award - Olin Business School at WashU, 2018
  • Cura Personalis Award, Loyola Marymount University, Economics Department, 2015
  • Kemper Teaching Award (nominee), Webster University, 2015

Teaching Interests

Sports Economics, Sports Finance, Sports Marketing, Labor Economics, Microeconomics

Research Interests

Secondary Ticket Pricing in Sports, Economic Impact Studies, Estimating Athlete Endorsement Value, Estimating Franchise Value

Personal Interests

Dr. Rishe enjoys fitness activities (running, yoga, weight lifting), playing golf, tennis, and soccer, attends numerous professional and collegiate sporting events annually, and enjoys vacationing on the West Coast in Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Selected Publications

  • "Secondary Market Behavior during College Football's Postseason: Evidence from the 2014 Rose Bowl and BCS Championship Game", International Journal of Sport Finance, Issue 2, with Brett Boyle, Jason Reese, 2016
  • "How Event Significance, Pent-up Demand, Playoff Oversaturation, and Series-clinching Euphoria Can Impact Secondary Market Behavior in Major League Baseball's Postseason", Journal of Sports Management and Commercialization, with Brett Boyle, Jason Reese, 2014
  • "How Event Significance, Team Quality and School Proximity Impact March Madness Markups", Sport Marketing Quarterly, Issue 4, 148-160, with Mike Mondello, Brett Boyle, 2014
  • "Do Mobile Sporting Events Produce Net Increases in Tourism, Local Hotel Revenues, and Overall Economic Impact? Evidence Using Smith Travel Research Data", Mustang Journal of Business and Ethics, 15-30, 2014
  • "Pricing Insanity at March Madness: Exploring the Causes of Secondary Price Markups at the 2013 Final Four", International Journal of Sports and Society, Issue 2, 67-78, 2014
  • "They Shoot...They Score! Lessons in Leadership, Innovation and Strategy from the Business of Sports", 2018
  • "A Heterogeneous Analysis of Secondary Market Transactions for College Football Bowl Games", Sport Marketing Quarterly, Issue 10, 357-374, with David Sanders, Jason Reese, Mike Mondello, 2016