Current Job Title:
Professor and Director of Academic Programs, Sport Management Program
University of San Francisco
Daniel Rascher teaches and publishes research on sports business topics, and consults to the sports industry. He specializes in economics and finance and more specifically in industrial organization, antitrust, M&As, valuation, economic impact, market readiness, feasibility research, marketing research, damage analysis, strategy, and labor issues in the sports industry.
Dr. Rascher received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is Director of Academic Programs and Professor in the Sport Management Program at the University of San Francisco (USF), where he also teaches courses in sports economics and finance and sports business research methods. Prior to joining USF, Dr. Rascher was an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has authored articles for academic and professional journals, book chapters, and a text book (Financial Management in the Sport Industry) in the sport management and economics fields, has been interviewed hundreds of times by the media for his opinion on various aspects of the business of sports, and has given over fifty presentations at professional and academic conferences. Dr. Rascher has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, International Journal of Sport Finance, International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, and the Journal of the Quantitative Analysis of Sports. He has been named Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management. Dan is also certified as a valuation analyst (AVA) by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.
Dr. Rascher is also the founder of SportsEconomics, LLC, where he applies economics and financial analysis to the sports industry. His clients have included organizations involved in the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA, NCAA, minor league baseball, NHRA, AHL, Formula One racing, Champ Car racing, Premier League Football (soccer), professional cycling, media, ticketing, IHRSA, as well as sports commissions, local and state government, convention and visitors bureaus, tourism businesses, entrepreneurs, and B2B enterprises. Additionally, he has testified as an expert witness in federal and state courts, in arbitration proceedings, and provided public testimony numerous times to state and local governments.
Did you ever work in the sports industry? If so, how did you land your first job or internship?
I began consulting in sports about 15 years ago. My first project was conducting a survey at the NCAA Menís Final Four. A few fellow professors hired me to help them on a study. The key, of course, was succeeding on that project so they would hire me again.
When trying to select a post graduate program, what advice would you give a prospective student?
I would look for a program that suits the needs of the student and allows them to learn in the classroom and outside of the classroom in the sports industry itself. A solid balance between academic and practical training is a must to get a fast start in the industry.
What are the main selection criteria you consider when selecting students to be admitted into your program?
We are looking for quality, well-rounded students. We look at the whole student, but because our program is competitive, we do require a high GPA. We also look at the studentís major, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and relevant work experience.
How important is it for students to do an internship before they graduate? What advice would you give a student looking to select a sports internship?
Students should definitely intern as much as they can. It not only helps them get experience and become more marketable, but it allows them to test out various sub-fields within sports to see if they fit. A fruitful internship can be one that lets a student know that he or she doesnít want to work in that sub-field.