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Pandemic costing youth sports millions, creating uncertainty

5 months 1 week 3 days ago Saturday, April 18 2020 Apr 18, 2020 April 18, 2020 10:01 AM April 18, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By SCHUYLER DIXON
AP Sports Writer

DALLAS (AP) - Youth sports leagues are bracing for even bigger financial losses with no end in sight for the shutdown of activity because of the new coronavirus outbreak. Youth sports is a $25 billion U.S. industry and it is indeed on a tightrope in many ways at the moment. Communities with sprawling, empty fields and arenas are losing millions of dollars with lucrative tournaments canceled or postponed. Team sports participation dipped after the 2008 recession. So officials wonder what youth sports will look like when kids begin to return to fields and courts.

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