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Former high school QB files class-action suit over head injuries
The Associated Press via Fox News
A former high school quarterback followed in the steps of one-time pro and college players by suing a sports governing body — in this case the Illinois High School Association — saying it didn't do enough to protect him from concussions when he played and still doesn't do enough to protect current players. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Cook on the same day Illinois wrapped up its last high school football championship games, is the first instance in which legal action has been taken for former high school players as a whole against a group responsible for prep sports in a state.
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Illinois city council approves $3 million for sports complex
Peoria Journal Star
The Peoria, Illinois, city council voted 9-2 to loan $3 million to help continue development of the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Northwest Peoria. Despite the lopsided final vote, discussion about the loan was contentious at times.
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Life's a Beach Triathlon set for August in Pennsylvania
Erie Sports Commission
The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that Life's A Beach Triathlon will return to Erie for the second year on Aug. 15, 2015 at Presque Isle State Park Beach 11. The event follows a traditional triathlon format with non-traditional elements to make it family-friendly and accessible. The event will begin with a 200-yard "almost anything goes" swim in Lake Erie, during which participants are encouraged to use boogie boards, flippers, pool toys, and foam noodles.
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2014 Akron Marathon becomes 1st Ohio event to earn Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport
Akron Marathon
The Akron Marathon is one of 16 events across the country to earn Gold Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport, making it the first ever Ohio-based event to do so. The marathon targeted goals focused on planning, measurement and continuous improvement. This year, organizers elaborated on sustainability plans earning credit in five categories spanning procurement and resource management to access, equity and community legacy.
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International soccer tournament gives $5 million boost to Texas economy
San Antonio Sports
The SeaWorld Copa Rayados Internacional youth soccer tournament, one of four San Antonio Sports Bexar County Games presented by Ancira events, generated an economic impact of $5 million for the local economy during its four-day tenure. The estimate was calculated using an economic impact calculator provided by the National Association of Sports Commissions.
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FBU Youth Football Championship Week comes to Naples
Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB
This December, Naples will be host to a major youth football event. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade champions will be crowned in the Football University National Championships Dec. 19-21, 2014. The National Championship "Road to Naples" tournament starts with 64 cities (192 teams) vying for a chance at the Final Four.
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'The Biggest Loser' RunWalk returns to Pennsylvania park
Erie Sports Commission
"The Biggest Loser" RunWalk Premier Destination Series will return to Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania, for a Half Marathon, 5K and One-Mile Kids Fun Run on June 7, 2015. This will be the third time the event has chosen Erie as one of its Premier Destinations, and the second time the event has been held at Presque Isle.
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Tampa area aims for top tier in tourism revenue
The Tampa Tribune
With new hotels on the horizon, growing convention business and major sporting events in Hillsborough County's future, Santiago Corrada, president and CEO of the tourism agency Visit Tampa Bay, aims to thrust the county into the elite high-rollers club — those collecting more than $30 million annually in bed taxes. And he wants to do it in three years or less.
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Columnist: Society has gone crazy regarding youth sports
The Buffalo News
Writes columnist and youth sports coach Doug Routt about a new concept in youth sports: "It's called silent soccer, and the rules are simple. Parents and fans who are on the sidelines say nothing. They don’t scream, shout, encourage or discourage. My first reaction was: That's crazy. However, upon further reflection, this might be the greatest idea to evolve in our child-obsessed, vicariously living children's sports society."
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