Tim BannonIndependent journalist Tim Bannon and his team of reporting interns are investigating the safety of for-profit youth sports. Concerns being examined include COVID-19 protocols at tournaments and other safety issues. 

Marquette students, Margaret Cahill and Amanda Parrish, are collaborating with Bannon on the series.

The first installment of the series was published in September 2020. It examined COVID-19 precautions at for-profit youth tournaments. The reporting team found little masking, inconsistent rules and loose enforcement despite a high awareness from participants surrounding the risks.

The team continues to examine how sports will be affected as they move indoors for the winter.

Works published to date:

September 11, 2020
'I just want to play': $19 billion youth sports industry powers ahead through the pandemic largely unregulated

November 13, 2020

Should your child participate in the winter sports season? The data is limited, and mixed.

January 29, 2021

Despite COVID concerns, Wisconsin went ahead with high school hockey. It may be the riskiest winter sport of all.