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It's more than just the pros - COVID-19 is having a major effect on all levels of sports

Much of focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been focused (understandably) on major professional and collegiate sports, but we are starting to learn more about its impact on the youth sports industry as well.  This pandemic will have far reaching effects, and it likely will be years before the true fall-out is assessed - but the current figures are sobering.

THE POTENTIAL IMPACT on the $19 billion youth sports industry is even more profound and far-reaching. A survey commissioned by the Sports Events & Tourism Association, which represents the sports travel industry, found that nearly 700,000 athletes were unable to participate in scheduled events in March alone, costing organizers more than $700 million.