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Florida bill would boot unruly youth coaches
Tallahassee Democrat
Obnoxious youth sports coaches who get booted for their unruly behavior would be suspended for the rest of the season under a bill that appears to be moving through the Florida Senate. "My guess is every one of you has seen a coach, a parent-coach, on the other side that is obnoxious and sometimes goes beyond obnoxious," Sen. Jeremy Ring told members of the Senate Community Affairs Committee.
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Sports tourism interest rises in markets besides Myrtle Beach
Morning News
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-area sports tourism professionals say competition is increasing to host events, but know the Grand Strand has one big advantage over other venues. Sports tourism is an annual $100 million-plus business on the Grand Strand and could be bigger, say area sports tourism professionals, but the region needs to continue to build on what it has to ensure its future in the market.
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Commission pushes for Sportsplex upgrade in Washington city
KREM-TV
The Spokane Sports Commission is pushing for a world class training complex in the city. If the project is approved, the 95,000-square-foot complex would be a participation venue for sports like indoor track or basketball — any event that can be done in a large open space.
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How can coaches assure parents that football is safe for teens?
By Amanda Kowalski
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland recently announced his retirement after one year in the NFL, citing concerns about concussions and head trauma. President Barack Obama and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Brett Favre have even admitted that if they had sons, they probably wouldn't want them to play football. So if a 247-pound linebacker, a legendary NFL quarterback and the president of the United States are worried about safety, how do you convince the parents of a 16-year-old that it's safe for their child to put on the pads? Well, you're going to need a game plan.
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Baseball is struggling to hook kids — and risks losing fans to other sports
The Washington Post
Baseball, for decades now the national pastime only through the nostalgic lens of history, is a thriving business. Revenue is at an all-time high. Attendance in the 30 major league parks and in minor leagues around the country is strong. Baseball players on average make half again as much money as football players. But since he took office this year, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has been sounding a startling warning bell: The sport must address its flagging connection to young people or risk losing a generation of fans.
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Basketball coach who fired gun during game surrenders
The Inquirer
A youth basketball coach who fired a gun into the air during a confrontation at a recreation-center game in Southwest Philadelphia surrendered to police. Maurice Tavares, 26, of Chester, Pennsylvania, was expected to be charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related offenses in the incident. Tavares' visiting team of teenage boys had been leading in the game, but the local team began a comeback, said Lt. John F. Walker of Southwest Detectives.
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Bill would require Texas high school athletes to get EKG test
KXAN-TV
Some student-athletes may soon have a new requirement to play high school sports. Lawmakers recently heard testimony on House Bill 767, which would require high schoolers to receive an electrocardiogram during their yearly physical. The University Interscholastic League, which governs over high school athletics, currently doesn't require it.
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Florida bill would fund prep sports with pro ticket surcharge
Naples Daily News via Athletic Business
The Florida legislature will take up bills in each chamber that could put more money into the coffers of all high school athletic programs in the state. Bills filed in the House and Senate will seek to impose a surcharge of .25 cents for each ticket purchased to a professional sporting event in the state and that money would be segregated and distributed to high school sports programs. This would include all professional and minor league sports teams and events — including NASCAR and pro golf events.
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Report: Colorado kids aren't getting enough exercise
Chalkbeat Colorado
Only 46 percent of the Colorado's high-schoolers take at least one physical education class each week, according to a new report from the Colorado Health Foundation and the Colorado Health Institute. Illustrating the impact of place, the "Extra Credit: Get Active" report highlights the vast differences in physical education participation in the state's geographic regions.
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Tulsa to host largest youth soccer tournament in state
Tulsa Sports Commission
The Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricane, Oklahoma's largest competitive soccer club, and the Tulsa Sports Commission will welcome thousands of youth athletes from across the country April 10-12 for the Lexus Tulsa Cup soccer tournament, sponsored by Lexus of Tulsa, featuring nearly 1,000 matches on 50 fields spread throughout the Tulsa region. More than 400 teams from eight states bring more than 20,000 coaches and spectators for the duration of the tournament.
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Kale: What it takes to get students to a women's basketball game
The Atlantic
The bottom line is that women’s sports have always had and continue to have difficulty attracting fans. While Division I women’s basketball teams in the NCAA made significant gains in attendance numbers in the 2006-07 season, the numbers have largely slowed in growth ever since.
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Ground breaks on $27 million sports complex in Florida
WKMG-TV
A new sporting attraction is coming to Seminole County, Florida. The complex will be built on 100 acres of what used to be a citrus grove in Sanford. The land doesn't look like much now, but construction officially started on the $27 million project recently following a groundbreaking ceremony.
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Baseball striving to add voices to translate from Spanish
The New York Times
While almost all Asian players have their own interpreters, players who speak Spanish typically must rely on teammates, coaches, clubhouse attendants, media relations officials or sometimes members of the news media to express themselves if they feel uncomfortable doing so in English. (Few reporters covering major league teams are bilingual.) This has meant that even as baseball's demographics continue to shift toward foreign-born players, highlighted by the wave of Cubans, including current stars like Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes, their voices do not always weigh as heavily in the season-long narratives of their teams as their bats might suggest.
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Paint it black: Michigan school converting hoops court to playground look
The Detroit News
Oakland University's home basketball court is getting a facelift, with an homage to the playground blacktop. The majority of the court is stained black with the familiar Golden Grizzly featured prominently at center court. The boundaries are painted in a darker black, with all of the lines painted white, so there's some contrast between inbounds and out-of-bounds.
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The best ballpark food monstrosities
Tech Times
As millions of Americans descend upon the nation's ballparks, they're not just going to root, root, root for the home team. They're also going to be eating some greasy, cheesy, gooey grub. Ballpark food is so much more than peanuts and Cracker Jacks these days.
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