Study: More Kids Playing Football In Arizona, Even As U.S. Rate Drops

Published: Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:00pm
Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 3:09pm

Football was once called a contact sport. Now it’s more likely to be a labeled a collision sport.

And that characterization has led many parents to decide that their kids won’t be playing the game. So the logical conclusion we should reach is that fewer people are playing football. Nationally, that is the case.

A new study shows that football participation is down 2.4 percent since 2008. But in Arizona, that rate is actually up 10 percent.

To explain the contrary trend, we spoke with Ralph Amsden. He is the head of Rivals.com in Arizona.

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