Plugged In: Study shows parents pay big bucks for youth sports

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PHOENIX, Arizona — A new study shows the average American family pays about $600 a year for each child who participates in sports.

For many families, who have more than one child in sports, they spend that amount in just one month.

According to Fox affiliate KSAZ in Phoenix, many families spend 10% of their annual income on sports-related fees and equipment.

According to the National Council of Youth Sports, the most expensive youth sports are:

  1. Football
  2. Baseball
  3. Hockey
  4. Basketball
  5. Soccer

Many parents told KSAZ, the costs are worth it for the happiness sports bring to their children. Many also say it’s necessary to start kids in sports early to increase their chances of being able to participate in high school and college sports.

You can read more about the study here, and then head over to our Facebook page to let us know what you think. Todd Meany is talking about the high cost of youth sports in this morning’s Plugged In. He might read your comments on Fox 8 News from 6:30 – 9 a.m.