True enough the US economies would be affected by turbulence in the global market but MLS wouldn't necessarily be negatively affected by that. Why? A turndown will affect the leagues that leveraged to the hilt on labor. European soccer would be in big trouble with a 25% drop in revenue. Several major American sports would be too - hockey and baseball perhaps. Because of the tight cost controls MLS is in better position to ride out that sort of thing - a 25% revenue drop doesn't currently cut into the bone the way it might in other leagues. That being said, past economic downturns haven't hit the entertainment industry the way you might expect. Even though money is tight, when conditions are bad people need that getaway or escape and are willing to pay for it. It is the discretionary non-essential spending that gets cut or postponed - cars, applicances, and so on. Sports, movies, etc. have actually incrased in past economic down cycles. In the 1930's, for example, horse racing (one of the big 3 sports at that time along with baseball and boxing) had a great upswing.