College Sports Excesses Seep into High Schools An increasing number of high schools across the country are adopting some of the worst practices of college athletics, with too much emphasis on sports equipment and national publicity for young athletes.
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College Sports Excesses Seep into High Schools

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College Sports Excesses Seep into High Schools

College Sports Excesses Seep into High Schools

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An increasing number of high schools across the country are adopting some of the worst practices of college athletics, with too much emphasis on sports equipment and national publicity for young athletes.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Our sports commentator Frank Deford has kept us up-to-date on sports for years. And now it's getting to that time when he needs to be thinking about his legacy.

FRANK DEFORD: Both ESPN and the Fox Sports Network regularly televise high school games nationally. Really, do we need this attention for teenagers? The bald fact is sports is growing in importance in schools even as book learning is diminishing. But in the United States, no athlete shall be left behind.

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And I'm Renee Montagne.

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