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Afternoon update: Economics and Saints draft talk

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Just finished speaking to a class of sports business majors at Saint Leo University. That's my alma mater and it was great to be in a classroom with Dr. Chuck Fisk for the first time in 20 years. I didn't realize then how handy his economics classes would be in my career, but today was a reminder that professional sports are businesses -- first and foremost.

We spent a lot of time talking about the economy and how the current slump is impacting the NFL. Ironically, I did a lengthy story on that not very long ago.

I'll be slipping over to the television side momentarily. I'm scheduled to do an interview with ESPNEWS at 3:20 p.m. ET to talk about the New Orleans Saints and the upcoming draft. I'm thinking names like Malcolm Jenkins, Vontae Davis, Chris "Beanie" Wells and Brian Cushing probably will come up.

After the television appearance I'll be back with an update on what happened at the first day of minicamp for the Buccaneers and new coach Raheem Morris.