The Professional Business Called Texas High School Football

It’s big business.

Andrew Luck may have retired because of the toll that football related injuries took on his body. Other former NFL players have thought about suicide because their bodies are in constant pain. Others have committed suicide and some former NFL players suffer from memory loss. The same can be said for countless anonymous former college players along with former high school players. People want to be entertained or place money on an outcome of a game. Most people don’t really care what happens to former high school, college and pro football players after the cheering stops.Football is a big industry from the Pop Warner level to the pros and investors want a piece of it. There is a new football league owned by Vince McMahon and run by Andrew Luck’s father Oliver that will kickoff in February. But there also are other ways that investors get involved with football and in Texas,companies are spending big money to slap their names on high school football stadiums. After all, Friday Night Lights and high school football are a big deal in Texas.

At least twenty school districts in Texas have sold naming rights to high school stadiums according to the Dallas Morning News. Children’s Health is paying a quarter of a million dollars a year for the next ten years at one Texas school district, Prosper ISD. The local stadium cost $53 million to build and seats 12,000. The field comes complete with a huge videoboard. It is somewhat ironic that a health care company would sponsor a stadium that features a game that could permanently injury its participants. But one benefit of having a health company sponsor,there will be a doctor on the field and an x-ray room in the stadium. Three other Texas high school fields cost more to build than the Prosper facility.High School football is a business.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) gives a stiff arm to Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker (38) after catching a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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