Patrick Rishe


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

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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 Forbes.com. 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.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, ESPN tasked Rishe with studying the economic impact on sports across the spectrum, and his research was cited around the world.

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WashU Expert: World Cup 2026 a matter of economics

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

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?
Annual Olin Sports Business Summit Sept. 29

Annual Olin Sports Business Summit Sept. 29

The third annual Olin Sports Business Summit at Washington University in St. Louis takes place on Friday, Sept. 29. The kickoff to the 2017-18 Joseph S. Lacob Sports Speaker Series, the event plays out from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Emerson Auditorium on the Danforth Campus.
WashU Expert: The impact of Russia’s Rio ban

WashU Expert: The impact of Russia’s Rio ban

With Rio’s Olympic Games rapidly approaching, today the International Association of Athletics Federations upheld its ban on Russia’s track teams. Sports business expert Patrick Rishe says the move illustrates the economic effect and lasting impact of cheating in sports of all kinds.
WashU Expert: Manning’s financial legacy

WashU Expert: Manning’s financial legacy

According to Patrick Rishe, a sports business expert at Washington University in St. Louis, Peyton Manning’s true impact on the game of football goes beyond his record wins, Super Bowl victories or passing yard record. It also involves a massive financial footprint.
WashU Expert: Russia’s doping scandal​​

WashU Expert: Russia’s doping scandal​​

​It’s another far-reaching global sporting scandal as the World Anti-Doping Agency recommends the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) suspend Russia from athletics competition. Washington University’s Olin Business of Sports Program Director Patrick Rishe says the decision could have fallout of Olympic proportion.
Olin hosts sports business summit​​

Olin hosts sports business summit​​

The world of collegiate and professional sports combines some of the most important facets of business, including financing, marketing and media. On Friday, Sept. 25, Washington University in St. Louis will take attendees off the sideline and into the action with a panel of top local and national sports executives for the inaugural Olin Sports Business Summit. Patrick Rishe, director of the Sports Business Program, is helping to organize the panel.

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They Shoot … They Score

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, […]