The Major League Baseball Network launches today and will be available in 50 million homes. But will the startup cable channel be a home run or strike out, especially in these economic times? Jeremy Hobson reports.
Sports have been generally immune from economic downturns. But not this time. Major leagues such as the NFL and NBA have had layoffs. And the situation is worse for lower-level sports. Business Week Sports Editor Mark Hyman gives Tess Vigeland the play-by-play.
Athletes in this economy will meet one of their greatest challenges off the field, where sponsors are dealing with tightening budgets. Scott Jagow assesses the situation with business of sports commentator Diana Nyad.
Professional sports haven't been immune to problems from the recession. But business-of-sports commentator Diana Nyad tells Kai Ryssdal the sports having the most trouble are the ones with the biggest toys.
Perhaps no one in the sports business has been affected quite like NASCAR, who will be laying off several workers due to lack of sponsorship. Scott Jagow talks race cars with sports commentator Diana Nyad.
NASCAR has switched to a bigger, heavier car that was tough on tires, and Goodyear -- the exclusive tire supplier for the sport -- wasn't able to come up with a tire deemed safe and good on the track. Scott Graf reports.
Besides food scandals, there are lots of issues for Marketplace's Shanghai Bureau Chief Scott Tong to take on. Kai Ryssdal talks to him about reporting on China's complex economy and how the nation is dealing with the global economic crisis.