Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Article 4: Youth Sport

During the September 18th and September 23rd class in American Sport in the 21st Century we discussed the topic of youth sports in the United States. One of topics that we discussed in relation to youth sport was the Little League World Series that takes place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. According to the Sports Business Journal article focusing on the 75th Anniversary of the Little League World Series, talks about how it was founded and some statistical data about the event. According to the article, it was founded by Carl Stotz, a lumber store clerk. According to the article, it is the world’s largest and most funded youth sport organization in the world. There are about 2.4 million players over a span of 76 countries. About 1.9 million of the 2.4 million come from the United States.  It was created as a 501(c) or non-profit organization as a way to allow kids to participate in sports regardless of their ability. Today, the Little League World Series is very commercialized due to the television contract that it currently has with ESPN and sponsorship with national companies such as Honda. In our class notes we discuss how the Little League World Series has evolved into what it is today and some of the problems associated with this.  One of the problems that is associated with this regards the pressure that is put on these young kids. I believe that some of that could be cut down without the media and production that is associated with the Little League World Series.
                                            Little League World Series 75th Anniversary Logo

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