Texas Tech University

N. David Pifer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Sport Management

Email: david.pifer@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-2346

Office Hours: T/R 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; or by appointment

Kinesiology and Sport Management, Rm 135


David Pifer


  • 2017 – Ph.D., Kinesiology (Sport Management & Policy), University of Georgia
  • 2012 – M.S., Sport Administration, Marshall University
  • 2009 – B.A., Business, Covenant College

Current Courses Taught

  • SPMT 3373 - Sport Communication
  • SPMT 3376 - Introduction to Sports Analytics
  • SPMT 4357 – Financial and Economic Aspects of Sport
  • SPMT 5003 – Internship in Sport Management
  • SPMT 5347 - Sport Media Management
  • SPMT 5344 - Applied Issues in Sport Analytics

Research Interests

  • Player and Team Performance Analytics
  • Player Salaries and Professional Sports Labor Markets
  • Competitive Balance
  • Team Valuation
  • Marketing Strategy

Selected Publications

  • Huml, M. R., Pifer, N. D., Towle, C., & Rode, C. (2019). If we build it, will they come? The effect of new athletic facilities on recruiting rankings for Power Five men's football and basketball programs. Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, 29(1), 1-18.
  • Pifer, N. D., DeSchriver, T., Baker, T. A., & Zhang, J. J. (2019). The advantages of experience: Analyzing the effects of player experience on the performances of March Madness teams. Journal of Sports Analytics, 5(2), 137-152.
  • Turcott, R. J., & Pifer, N. D. (2018). The Preferred Players: A Theoretical and Comparative Analysis of Men's Basketball Recruits at the NCAA's Mid Major Level. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 12(3), 151-173.
  • Pifer, N. D., Wang, Y., Scremin, G., Pitts, B. G., Zhang, J. J. (2018). Contemporary global football industry: An introduction. In James J. Zhang & Brenda G. Pitts (Eds.), The Global Football Industry: Marketing Perspectives (pp. 3-35). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Pifer, N. D. (2018). The Driving Forces of Competitive Balance in European Football: A Review of Europe's Top Leagues. In James J. Zhang & Brenda G. Pitts (Eds.), The Global Football Industry: Marketing Perspectives (pp. 101-132). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Baker, T. A., Liu, X., Brison, N., & Pifer, N. D. (2017). Air Qiaodan: An examination of transliteration and trademark squatting in china based on Jordan vs. Qiaodan Sports, International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 18(1), 95-105.
  • Pifer, N. D., Mak, J. Y., Bae, W., Zhang, J. J. (2015).Examining the relationship between star player characteristics and the branding process of professional sport teams, The Marketing Management Journal, 25(2), 88-106.
  • Gong, B., Pifer, N. D., Wang, J. J., Kim, M., Kim, M. K., Qian, T. Y., & Zhang, J. J. (2015). Fans' attention to, involvement in, and satisfaction with professional soccer in China. Social Behavior and Personality43(10), 1667-1682.
  • Min, S., Bae, W., Pifer, N.D., & Pillay, C. (2014). An empirical analysis of the effectiveness of World Wrestling Entertainment marketing strategies. The Sport Journal, 2014 Feb.
  • Kim, M., Pifer, N. D., Kim, M., Kim, S. S., & Zhang, J. J. (2016). Impact of volunteer motivation on behavioral commitment to media center volunteerism during the London Olympic Games. In B. G. Pitts, & J. J. Zhang (Eds.), Bridging the Gap in Sport Management Globally (pp. 187-208). London, UK: Routledge.

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

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    Box 43011, Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409
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