Patrick Rishe

Director, Sports Business Program & Senior Lecturer of Management

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Rishe 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 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.

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WashU Expert: World Cup 2026 a matter of economics

North America, even in the face of controversial policies regarding immigration under President Trump’s administration, had more to offer soccer’s international governing body, says Patrick Rishe, a sports business expert from Washington University in St. Louis. As a result, the “United Bid” of the United States, Canada and Mexico was awarded the 2026 World Cup on the eve of this year’s competition in Russia.

The Vegas Golden Knights and first-mover advantages: Beating the NFL’s Raiders to market

There is no question the early darlings of the young NHL season are the Vegas Golden Knights. Of course, in just a few years, the Golden Knights won’t be the only game in town. The Oakland Raiders will be relocating to Las Vegas by either 2019 or 2020. The question this begs, of course, is what will happen to the commercial success of the Golden Knights once the Raiders come to town?


They Shoot … They Score

Lessons in Leadership, Innovation and Strategy From the Business of Sports

Featuring 50 interviews with 50 sports executives ranging from team owners, team/company executives, facility designers and analytics experts, “They Shoot … They Score” offers a comprehensive guide to applied lessons in leadership, innovation and strategy from the sports industry. Topics covered include strategic marketing, brand management, business analytics and sport science, corporate culture, corporate partnerships, […]