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Recession and about -- all sectors of the economy not least of all the sports industry just today the Arena Football League announced that it is canceling a 2009 season.
And last week the NFL said it was cutting more than.
10% of its staff in response of the economic -- so now.
More than ever it is -- -- sharp minds to guide to sports industry through difficult times.
Sports business journal recently put together a list of the fifty most influential people in the industry.
Here to give us a sampling of some of the people on that list.
And Caplan great to see it and thank -- odd number five Jerry Richardson who was -- He's the owner of the Carolina Panthers he brought professional football for North Carolina and most importantly.
He's the co chair of the NFL's labor committee just as the -- attacked -- I seriously -- service and he -- but he -- he doesn't know what he's.
Number four Harley-Davidson.
Carly Benson is brand manager essentially of nineteen -- most powerful.
Name in professional sports I think.
So without that sixth while the company itself is sixteen billion dollars in assets yes and they have about two -- have billion dollars of endorsement contracts outstanding.
And he's in charge of that -- -- must be thinking about cutting back a little.
No well you know the build advertising that moves when -- in this down recession you advertise advertisers advertising they know and nothing spell it was nothing sells these -- is better than that's sort.
Players you have best wishes it's it's everything -- number three I don't even ought to pronounce the state Tim Lucas didn't like we live -- -- always -- like with bill this is a real interest is coming sure.
Entrance entertainment group they don't Reno's they own.
Part of the LA lakers they -- the LA -- And they also with the NBA are building Arenas in China -- -- -- what he has -- useful now if China does cracked some people said that China the Chinese market might crashes well.
-- second or heard it.
I'm sure it will hurt and hurt him -- the NBA which -- -- a lot of its future child but it would be it.
Necessarily a fatal blow you know we know they're there -- -- -- diversified global aren't we talked about the NFL Roger Goodell housing -- share for the NFL right he's he's doing quite well just got a setback however federal court when a federal judge.
Overturn the NFL's drug suspension on six players that's -- A big hit in the head for the NFL but overall -- is -- -- been very well everybody sees the light.
He's a likable person well you compare him to his predecessor who always came into the room.
I'm thinking of the smartest man in the room and he was but he let you know -- -- -- -- Roger the essence of a senator he knows how to play the -- Little more humble as well number one -- mister Jerry Jones Jerry Jones the owner of the Dallas Cowboys smiling after last night.
Building a new stadium in making the heck out of your -- -- right he's smiling after last night building this stadium in Irving has a partnership with the New York Yankees to sell hot dogs essentially.
And just par 350 million dollars in the spread and are.
Now do you think that he's going to be able to get that Dallas number one play again.
To be number one team -- -- help.
Well I if I if I knew that the idea of putting a lot of money down for her and I think on the playoffs and bottom line we're gonna get through this -- is gonna get through -- but some of the smaller teams may be I think some of the NHL teams you -- worry about.
-- a lower level in the -- Memphis Grizzlies you have to wonder.
How they're gonna survive that Arena Football League what they'll come back in that much of -- you know I think I -- go to many of their games but still a lot of the smaller teams.
Smaller leagues are going to be in trouble I believe -- -- Caplan great to see it back.
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