Faculty

Nicholas M. Watanabei

Nicholas M. Watanabe, Ph.D.


Assistant Teaching Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching

  • Sport Management

Experience

  • University of Illinois, Lecturer in Sport Management, 2009-2010
  • University of Illinois, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2006-2010
  • University of Illinois, Graduate Research Assistant, 2007-2008
  • Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, Fan Interactive Recreational Experience, 2001-2003

Selected Publications

  • Watanabe, N.M., Yan, G., & Soebbing, B.P. (Revise and Resubmit). Consumer Interest in Major League Baseball: An Analytical Modeling of Twitter. Journal of Sport Management.
  • Yan, G., & Watanabe, N.M. (Under Review). Constructing ‘Social Cohesion’ in Sport: Politics of Representations in South Africa. Journal of Sport and Social Issues.
  • Watanabe, N.M., Soebbing, B.P., & Yan, G. (Under Review). Price dispersion and attendance in the Chinese Super League.
  • Soebbing, B.P., Watanabe, N.M., & Seifried, C.S. (Under Review). The impact of ticket price dispersion and facility characteristics on Major League Baseball total team’s revenue.  Review of Industrial Organization
  • Watanabe, N., Wicker, P., & Yan, G. (Under Review). Running performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup: A regression analysis.
  • Soebbing, B.P., Wicker, P., & Watanabe, N.M. (Accepted). The Effects of Performance Expectations on Total Compensation of Division I-FBS Head Coaches. Journal of Sport Management.
  • Watanabe, N.M., Wicker, P., & Reuter, J.C. (Accepted). Determinants of extra time awarded to teams in the English Premier League. International Journal of Sport Finance.
  • Watanabe, N.M., Yan, G., & Soebbing, B.P. (In Press). Major League Baseball and Twitter: The economics of social media use. Journal of Sport Management.
  • Keaton, S.A., Watanabe, N.M., & Gearhart, C.C. (2015). Comparison of college football and auto racing fan profiles: Identity formation and spectatorship motivation.  Sport Marketing Quarterly, 24, 43-55.
  • Watanabe, N.M. (2015). Sources of direct demand: The case of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. International Journal of Sport Finance, 10(1), 26-41.
  • Yan, G., & Watanabe, N.M. (2014). The Liancourt Rocks: Politics of nationalism at the 2012 summer Olympic Games. International Journal of Sport Communication, 7(4), 495-515.
  • Soebbing, B.P., & Watanabe, N.M. (2014). The effects of price dispersion and competitive balance on Major League Baseball attendance. Journal of Sport Management, 28(4), 433-446.
  • Watanabe, N.M., Soebbing, B.P., & Wicker, P. (2013). Examining the impact of the StubHub agreement on price dispersion in Major League Baseball. Sport Marketing Quarterly, 22(3), 129-137.
  • Watanabe, N.M., Nie, T., & Yan, G. (2013). Evolution of sport broadcast commentary: The case of China. International Journal of Sport Communication, 6, 288-311.
  • Watanabe, N.M. (2012). Japanese professional soccer attendance and the effects of regions, competitive balance and rival franchises. International Journal of Sport Finance, 7(4), 309-323.

Book Chapters

  • Watanabe, N.M., Yan, G., & Wicker, P. (Under Revision). Fantasy sport across the pond. In Fantasy Sports: Perspectives from the fields. How fantasy sports are viewed and used by fans, athletes, teams and the media. (Eds.) Nicholas D. Bowman, John Spinda, and James Sanderson. Springer.
  • Wicker, P., Watanabe, N.M., & Yan, G. (Under Revision). Fantasy sport and World Cup viewership. In Fantasy Sports: Perspectives from the fields. How fantasy sports are viewed and used by fans, athletes, teams and the media. (Eds.) Nicholas D. Bowman, John Spinda, and James Sanderson. Springer.
  • Keaton, S. A., Watanabe, N. M., & Ruihley, B. (In Press). What types of #SportFans use social media? The role of team identity formation and spectatorship motivation on self-disclosure during a live sport broadcast. Television, social media, and fan culture. Boston, MA: Lexington Press.
  • Watanabe, N.M., & Soebbing, B.P. (2015). Ticket price behavior and attendance demand in Chinese professional soccer. In The sports business in the Pacific Rim – economics and policy (Eds.) Young Hoon Lee and Rodney Fort. Springer-Verlag.
  • Humphreys, B.R., & Watanabe, N.M. (2015). Business and finance of sports leagues in East Asia. In The sports business in the Pacific Rim – economics and policy (Eds.) Young Hoon Lee and Rodney Fort. Springer-Verlag.
  • Humphreys, B.R., & Watanabe, N.M. (2012). Competitive balance. In Handbook of Sports Economics (Eds.) Leo Kahane and Stefan Shmanske. Oxford University Press.
  • Humphreys, B.R., & Watanabe, N.M. (2011). Business and finance of international sport. In International Sport Management (Eds.) Ming Li, Eric Macintosh, and Gonzalo Bravo. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
  • Humphreys, B.R., Soebbing, B.P., & Watanabe, N.M. (2011). Determinants of FBS Head Coaches’ Salaries: An Economic Perspective. Sport for Dorks (Eds.) Mike Leach and Ferhat Guven.

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