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The True Cost of Elite Travel Sports

Is the Faint Hope of a College Scholarship Worth It?
By Jessica Urban
TSC Contributor
Recently, HBO’s stellar Real Sports ran a piece about the rise in popularity of elite travel sports. The piece follows the Coe family, whose two children are heavily involved in travel baseball and travel track and field. The family estimates it spends 30 […]

NPF Gets No Respect

Women’s Pro Softball Longs for Attention It Deserves
By Jessica Urban
TSC Contributor
Certainly the NPF is home to some of the finest female athletes, and the games are as exciting as they get. But after a decade, the league still struggles for the respect it rightly deserves.
Unfortunately, in our popular sports culture, the amount of attention a sport SHOULD get has almost nothing […]

Pro Softball Can Learn Much from Soccer

NPF Should Carefully Consider NWSL Growth Strategy
By Jessica Urban
TSC Contributor
I found a good article from The Guardian about Jeff Plush, the commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), and his quest to grow the league. There are several very interesting points, and a few things I think the NPF can use in its  attempts at […]