Patrick Walsh

Graduate Director
Associate Professor

Dr. Patrick Walsh is an Associate Professor of Sport Management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University. He took over as director of Falk College’s Sport Venue and Event Management graduate program in Summer 2022. Previously, he held faculty positions at Indiana University and the University of Miami (Florida).

His research focuses on the brand management practices of sport organizations and how they can best harness the power of their brand to further their business objectives. Specifically, he has examined topics such as the effectiveness of brand extensions in sport, the rebranding of sport organizations, and the use of new media forums, specifically sport video games and social media outlets, as marketing and branding tools. His research has been published in journals such as Sport Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, and Communication and Sport.

Dr. Walsh currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sport Management and the Journal of Global Sport Management. In 2016, he was named a Research Fellow of the Sport Marketing Association (SMA), becoming one of only 15 faculty members across the country to have earned the honor to date. He is also a co-author of a Sport Marketing textbook, which was published in 2021.

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Walsh worked in marketing with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, and was an associate with Velocity Sports and Entertainment (now MKTG), where he developed and executed strategic marketing plans for a number of today’s top sponsors of professional and collegiate sport properties.

Dr. Walsh earned a Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Sport Administration from Canisius College, and a B.S. in Marketing from Syracuse University. He joined the SPM faculty at SU in 2014.


Ph.D. Sport Management, University of Minnesota

M.S. Sport Administration, Canisius College

B.S. Marketing, Syracuse University


Sport brand management, brand extensions, rebranding, new media marketing.


SPM 444 – Sports Marketing Management

SPM 446 – Senior Seminar in Sport Revenue Management and Operations

SPM 614 – Foundations of Sport Venue and Event Management

SPM 635 – Marketing of Sport Venues and Events

SPM 655 - Practicum in Sport Venue and Event Management

Recent Publications

  • Dees, W., Walsh, P., McEvoy, C., McKelvey, S., Mullin, B.J., Hardy, S., & Sutton, W.A. (2021). Sport Marketing (5th ed.). Human Kinetics.
  • Williams, A.S., Son, S., Walsh, P., & Park, S. (2021). The influence of logo change on brand loyalty and the roles of attitude toward rebranding and logo evaluation. Sport Marketing Quarterly, 30, 69-81.
  • Walsh, P., & Clavio, G. (2019). Examining the effectiveness of measuring team brand association networks with textual analysis software. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 19, 293-312.
  • Walsh, P., Clavio, G., Ross, S.D., & Blaszka, M. (2018). Why teams rebrand: Uncovering the motives and process of team rebranding initiatives. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 10, 12-21.
  • Jensen, J., Walsh, P., & Cobbs, J. (2018). The moderating role of sport identification on the effectiveness of sponsor brand integration. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 19, 41-57
  • Walsh, P., & Williams, A. (2017). To extend or not extend a human brand: An analysis of perceived fit and attitudes towards athlete brand extensions. Journal of Sport Management, 31, 44-60.
  • Blaszka, M., Walsh, P., Clavio, G. C., & Williams, A. S. (2017). A new approach: Measuring athlete brand personality on Twitter. Global Sport Business Journal, 5(2), 1-18