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See this article on the dramatic drop off in youth participation in football. I like watching football but I don't know how the game can survive in the long run unless something happens that I don't see happening. No matter how popular it is as a spectator sport, football can't survive if parents won't let their kids play the game. Tobacco smoking used to be such so hugely popular that no one could have imagined it fading away but it has.

By the way, if football goes, the present incarnation of the ACC goes as well since it makes zero sense apart from football.
01-30-2018 02:02 PM
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Even if participation in High School drops by 90%, there will still be enough for universities to give scholarships and run their programs. The talent level won't be the same but there are plenty of kids still willing to play.
01-30-2018 02:18 PM
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(01-30-2018 02:02 PM)Hallcity Wrote:  See this article on the dramatic drop off in youth participation in football. I like watching football but I don't know how the game can survive in the long run unless something happens that I don't see happening. No matter how popular it is as a spectator sport, football can't survive if parents won't let their kids play the game. Tobacco smoking used to be such so hugely popular that no one could have imagined it fading away but it has.

By the way, if football goes, the present incarnation of the ACC goes as well since it makes zero sense apart from football.

That just a football hater, talking to soccer moms. 03-phew
01-30-2018 03:05 PM
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(01-30-2018 02:18 PM)ChrisLords Wrote:  Even if participation in High School drops by 90%, there will still be enough for universities to give scholarships and run their programs. The talent level won't be the same but there are plenty of kids still willing to play.

Do you really think that high schools will still sponsor football teams if participation drops by 90%? The sport is kind of expensive. Don't you think that state legislatures would start banning the sport if participation drops like that? That won't happen in Texas anytime soon but I could imagine it starting to happen on the West Coast and in the Northeast in the next few years and spreading from there. And that's not even considering the very real threat that litigation will make football at all levels impossibly expensive.

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01-30-2018 03:28 PM
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The only way basketball schools can become more relevant ... by killing off the sport of football.
01-30-2018 06:01 PM
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(01-30-2018 02:18 PM)ChrisLords Wrote:  Even if participation in High School drops by 90%, there will still be enough for universities to give scholarships and run their programs. The talent level won't be the same but there are plenty of kids still willing to play.

I agree...however, will 40-80K folks be willing to pay top dollar to see the game?

If I were a school without lacrosse I would field a team pronto. Unlike soccer...there is enough scoring to keep folks interested.
01-30-2018 07:44 PM
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(01-30-2018 03:05 PM)Wilkie01 Wrote:  
(01-30-2018 02:02 PM)Hallcity Wrote:  See this article on the dramatic drop off in youth participation in football. I like watching football but I don't know how the game can survive in the long run unless something happens that I don't see happening. No matter how popular it is as a spectator sport, football can't survive if parents won't let their kids play the game. Tobacco smoking used to be such so hugely popular that no one could have imagined it fading away but it has.

By the way, if football goes, the present incarnation of the ACC goes as well since it makes zero sense apart from football.

That just a football hater, talking to soccer moms. 03-phew

Wilkie...actually it is very real in the areas with some to lots of affluence and disposable income. If your kid is truly a superstar athlete parents will still likely support lil Johnnie in football...but where you are losing participation bigly is: the average sized athlete who is decent. Those types of athletes are now playing soccer, basketball, hockey and lacrosse and baseball is making a decent comeback.

Kids are lemmings...that future football star might not want to play football when all his buddies are playing lacrosse or baseball.
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(01-30-2018 07:50 PM)TexanMark Wrote:  
(01-30-2018 03:05 PM)Wilkie01 Wrote:  
(01-30-2018 02:02 PM)Hallcity Wrote:  See this article on the dramatic drop off in youth participation in football. I like watching football but I don't know how the game can survive in the long run unless something happens that I don't see happening. No matter how popular it is as a spectator sport, football can't survive if parents won't let their kids play the game. Tobacco smoking used to be such so hugely popular that no one could have imagined it fading away but it has.

By the way, if football goes, the present incarnation of the ACC goes as well since it makes zero sense apart from football.

That just a football hater, talking to soccer moms. 03-phew

Wilkie...actually it is very real in the areas with some to lots of affluence and disposable income. If your kid is truly a superstar athlete parents will still likely support lil Johnnie in football...but where you are losing participation bigly is: the average sized athlete who is decent. Those types of athletes are now playing soccer, basketball, hockey and lacrosse and baseball is making a decent comeback.

Kids are lemmings...that future football star might not want to play football when all his buddies are playing lacrosse or baseball.


It's not the affluent who will continue playing football. The chance to change your economic status will continue to drive those kids - for college educations that would otherwise be unattainable, to those who can actually play at the highest level.

As long as the NFL is around. paying multi-million dollar salaries, kids will play football. Former NFL all star Chad Johnson, or should I say Chad Ochocinco, besides being a standout wide receiver growing up, was also a great soccer player. He has said in interviews that he chose football because of the possibility of a lucrative pro career.

Now MLS soccer is providing another option for high caliber athletes. As that league grows, the salaries will increase, and you will start to see kids like Chad OC choosing soccer over football.
01-30-2018 10:26 PM
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Maybe a wrote it poorly...I was saying Football participation is clearly down in the richer, more affluent areas and those kids will continue to play in ever increasing numbers to sports like: soccer, lacrosse, hockey, baseball.....
01-30-2018 10:34 PM
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(01-30-2018 10:34 PM)TexanMark Wrote:  Maybe a wrote it poorly...I was saying Football participation is clearly down in the richer, more affluent areas and those kids will continue to play in ever increasing numbers to sports like: soccer, lacrosse, hockey, baseball.....


Or maybe I read it poorly ... 04-cheers
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