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|Until the GM assembly plant closed, Andy Richardson, the president of UAW Local 95, could help keep youth sports thriving in Janesville.|
ESPN presents a five-part "Outside the Lines" series this week focusing on the economy's impact on professional and college sports. The series, reported by Jeremy Schaap, will air on each "SportsCenter" throughout the week and on "Outside the Lines" at 3 p.m., ET, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
The series schedule:
Filling the Seats (Monday on "SportsCenter" and "OTL"): The economy's effect on ticket prices and attendance.
Player Salaries (Tuesday on "SportsCenter" and "OTL"): The impact on player contracts.
Downsizing (Tuesday on "OTL," Wednesday on "SportsCenter"): The effect on leagues and teams.
Campus Cutbacks (Thursday on "SportsCenter," Friday on "OTL"): The impact on college sports.
Innovative Approaches (Friday on "SportsCenter" and "OTL"): New revenue streams for teams and leagues.
And watch Mark Fainaru-Wada's report on the hard times being felt at sports' grassroots level in Wisconsin on "Outside the Lines" on Sunday, June 28, at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.
|The Janesville plant is empty, which means sponsorship money has disappeared.|
|Gary Hill lost his job a year ago, but he's still working with youth leagues.|
|Michelle Ferger-Hill and her husband, Gary, are struggling to keep up with the family's baseball expenses.|