How the Economy is Affecting Professional Sports: “Second Tier Sports”

I was orginally planning of writing my fourth installment of the economic situation surrounding professional sports on future draft transactions in the NFL, MLB, and various other leagues. As I researched the subject I came across all sorts of material concerning what I deemed “second tier” leagues such as the WNBA, Arena Football, and NISL (National Indoor Soccer League). By “second tier”, I mean professional sports that are not necessarily on ESPN’s Sports Center on an every day basis, and do not have nearly the economic strength and fan bases the major leagues like the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL enjoy. Many of these leagues and franchises have been under enormous pressure because of the economy, with some of them even postponing seasons a year in hopes of an economic rebound next year. I will begin first with the Arena Football. Continue reading