RPT-ANALYSIS-Smaller sports teams, leagues suffering in downturn


By Ben Klayman CHICAGO, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Bigger may be better for sports team owners trying to survive an economic slump that is battering even businesses once believed to be recession resistant. Smaller teams and leagues, especially those without hefty broadcast rights deals, such as indoor football, beach volleyball and women's sports, will be squeezed as sponsors and fans slash spending, analysts and sports bankers said. Even the bigger sports like NASCAR, the National Basketball ...

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