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SBD/August 28, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Published August 28, 2014
RAISING AWARENESS: In N.Y. Ben Strauss reports a group of soccer parents and players "filed a class-action lawsuit" yesterday against FIFA over its "handling of concussions." Filed in the U.S. District Court in California, the suit also "names American soccer organizations, including U.S. Soccer and the American Youth Soccer Organization, charging that they and FIFA have been negligent in monitoring and treating head injuries." The plaintiffs "do not seek financial damages but ask for changes to the sport’s rules, such as limiting headers for children and altering FIFA’s substitution protocols" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/28).
STILL A KID'S GAME: In Chicago, Gordon Wittenmeyer notes Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein hopes that the Jackie Robinson West LLWS team's success was "not lost on MLB officials who have spent years debating and brainstorming ways to reverse a generations-long trend of declining interest and participation in the sport among American kids, particularly African-Americans." Epstein said MLB officials "ask the question how we can get young kids playing baseball again, especially in cities, especially in the inner city." Epstein: "There’s nothing that a bunch of suits in a boardroom can do that will be as powerful as what those 12-year-old kids did to demonstrate how compelling the game of baseball can be, to make baseball cool again for young kids" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/28).