"Football's decline has some high schools disbanding teams," by AP's Ben Nuckols:
- "Participation in high school football is down 3.5 percent over the past five years, according to the annual survey by the National Association of State High School Federations."
- "The decline would be much steeper if not for a handful of states in the South and the West. Throughout the Northeast, the Midwest and the West Coast, in communities urban and rural, wealthy and working-class, fewer kids are playing football."
- "The risks of football have never been more apparent. This summer, researchers at Boston University said they'd found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of the 202 former football players they studied."