The Price of Playing Youth Sports | Real Sports w/ Bryant Gumbel | HBO

The Price of Playing Youth Sports | Real Sports w/ Bryant Gumbel | HBO


JON FRANKEL: If you’re a kid, heck if you’re an adult
and you walk in here, you’d think you’ve died
and gone to sports heaven. This is fantasy land
for athletes. FRANKEL:The Bo Dome, as it’s
known here in Hilliard, Ohio,
is part of a booming business.(METAL BAT CLINKS)According to one estimate,
spending on youth sports
this year,
will top 17 billion dollars.
Some of these kids might spend
150, even 175 dollars an hour, to be
with a collegiate-level coach. They’re spending 175 dollars
an hour? If they wanna be prepared
for college, many of these consumers
believe they need it. -This, with GB, here we go.
-(WHISTLE BLOWS) FRANKEL:But, there’s a problem.The price of playing sports
has gotten so high,
that millions of kids
are being left behind.
An alarming eight percent
have dropped out
in the last decade alone.This is an uncomfortable issue. For us,
as a public school district to say, we have kids
who can’t compete because of… their socioeconomics. And yeah,
the opportunity is there, because they can try out, but because
they don’t have the skills, it’s not really there, it’s
a false sense of opportunity. ♪ (“REAL SPORTS” THEME PLAYS) ♪

4 Replies to “The Price of Playing Youth Sports | Real Sports w/ Bryant Gumbel | HBO”

  1. BIG Vision Foundation in Reading, PA in changing the game…

    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/big-vision-foundation-eliminates-player-registration-fees-for-youth-sports-teams-promotes-community-service-300687678.html

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