What makes basketball so expensive for juniors?
I'm hoping someone on here might be able to assist me in understanding the financial structure of basketball in SA.
I have children who play a variety of sports and basketball sits near the top in terms of costs of registration and ongoing cost (umpire fee and admission for parents each week).
When I look across SA junior sports, the number of boys and girls playing basketball appears to be very high. So where does the money go?
I understand that unlike some sports, basketball has significant costs in terms of upkeep of stadiums, but many of the stadiums are very poor and run-down. So it seems reasonable to ask where the money is actually being spent??
I heard recently that a number of Soccer clubs use money from junior fees to pay their senior players. Does this happen in our district clubs to pay ABA players?
I don't want to come across as though I'm making any accusations and I'm sure the vast majority of clubs are very well run. When I see the numbers of youngsters playing the sport and think of the costs, there appears to be a significant income for basketball. I'm just trying to understand where that income goes?
I appreciate your help!