The economy is effecting sports in a big way. Now days people don't have the money to go to games so the attendance for sports is down and if that's down the team in general isn't making enough money. For example the Minnesota twins are a small market team. There for they don't have the money for a new nice stadium, or they don't have the money to resign or sign the big time players. If u cant sign the good high priced guys then you won't be the greatest team. This also effects teams like the Florida Marlins or the Tampa Bay Rays. I think the economy in theses cities and the United States has a big effect on sports.