Insights · November 12th, 2008
Recently I was interviewed by MSNBC for an article on the future of the professional sports industry in these challenging financial times. The reporter, Bill Briggs, was interested in how franchises would survive, and also in how sports themselves might change. The article was posted today at MSNBC.
We mostly talked about how different sports might fare in an environment with limited consumer dollars – flat prices for next year, lower prize money on the pro golf circuit. It was my speculation about the other changes that captured some interest – for example I speculated that in order to protect their investment, we might see pro football start to limit player size. With linemen now approaching 360-380 pounds and more, and some running backs at 260-280, the ability of the human body to withstand the forces of collisions has been outpaced. Some logical, and healthy, limits might be in order and financial savings could encourage that decision.