Brian  Soebbing 
Assistant Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): Management, Saint Louis University (John Cook School of Business), 2005
Master's Degree: Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
PhD: Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, 2011
Phone: 225-578-0849
Fax: 225-578-3680
Office: 139 Huey P. Long Field House


Dr. Brian Soebbing is an Assistant Professor in Sport Management within the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. His main research focus is on the strategic behavior of sports leagues and teams both at the amateur and professional level. Dr. Soebbing’s secondary research interest examines the social and economic impacts of gambling. He has presented his research at international conferences in the fields of management, economics, sport management, and urban affairs.  His research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Sport Management, Growth and Change, Sport Management Review, Sport Marketing Quarterly, International Journal of Sport Finance, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, Journal of Sports Economics, and Economic Letters. Dr. Soebbing has served as a manuscript reviewer for peer-reviewed journals such as the Economic Inquiry, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Sports Economics, International Journal of Sport Finance, Southern Economic Journal, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Contemporary Economic Policy and holds current memberships with the following organizations: Academy of Management, North American Society for Sport Management, Southern Management Association, Southern Economic Association, and North American Association of Sports Economists. His research has been featured on ESPN.com, and he is a contributor to the International Journal of Sport Finance blog.

Awards & Honors




  • Southern Management Association

               Outstanding Reviewer



  • University of Illinois Department of Recreation Sport and Tourism

               Ronald H. Dodd Award Winner


Active Memberships

  • Southern Management Association  2014-present
  • Southern Economic Association  2013-present
  • European Association of Sports Economists  2013-present
  • North American Association of Sports Economists  2009-present
  • Western Economics Association International  2009-present
  • Academy of Management  2007-present
  • North American Society of Sport Management  2006-present
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Business Fraternity  2004-present
Selected Publications

von Hanau, T., Wicker, P., & Soebbing, B. P. (In Press). The influence of the league schedule on match
outcome: An examination of the German Bundesliga. Soccer and Society.

Humphreys, B. R., Ruseski, J. E., & Soebbing, B. P. (In press). Sport participation among US high
school students: Trends and directions. Journal of Contemporary Athletics.

Humphreys, B. R., & Soebbing, B. P. (In press). Access to legal gambling and the incidence of crime:
Evidence from Alberta. Growth and Change.

Watanabe, N. M., Soebbing, B. P., & Wicker, P. (2013). Examining the impact of the StubHub agree-
ment on price dispersion in Major League Baseball. Sport Marketing Quarterly, 22(3), 129-137.

(*) Pfleegor, A. G., Seifried, C., & Soebbing, B. P. (2013). The moral obligation to preserve heritage
through sport and recreation venues. Sport Management Review, 16(3), 378-387.

Soebbing, B. P., Humphreys, B. R., & Mason, D. S. (2013). Exploring incentives to lose in professional
team sports: Do conference games matter? International Journal of Sport Finance, 8(3), 192-207.

Soebbing, B. P., & Humphreys, B. R. (2013). Do gamblers think that teams tank? An analysis of NBA
point spreads. Contemporary Economic Policy, 31(2), 301-313.

(*) Smith, J., Williams, D., Soebbing, B. P., & Washington, M. (2013). The influence of a university’s
social identity on changing athletic affiliations. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 6, 22-40


Classes Taught

KIN7519: Financial Issues in Sport
KIN7518: Social Issues in Sport
KIN7545: Economic Issues in Sport
KIN7544: Current Topics in Sport Management
KIN7511: Administrative Problems in Kinesiology
KIN3804: Financial Issues in Sport
KIN4501: (Special Topics- Graduate/Undergraduate)
• Applied Sport Business


Curriculum Vitae


Contributor to the International Journal of Sport Finance blog.


Brian Soebbing’s information on RePEc