ACG Partners published in its December 2016 Insights that North America is spending $64 billion a year on sports.
The amount spent on professional sports? About $38 billion.
Where is the other $26 billion spent? College, club, high school sports and related activities.
How much of that is related to revenue of the 14,000 different organizations supporting youth sports? Around $9 billion.
What amount of that is spent on travel related to youth and high school sports? $7 billion.
National Center for Charitable Statistic estimates that 27% of all trips taken in 2014 were related to attending a youth sport event.
This cartoon by John McPherson reflects the deep gasp parents take at the beginning of each season these days.