What They're Saying: Barry Finegold

“We want to make sure things are on the up-and-up. We’re seeing a much greater commercialization and privatization of youth sports, and it prompts many of us to want to ask, are the youth in our society really the beneficiaries of this or is it someone else?”

-- Massachusetts state senator Barry Finegold on filing legislation to create a special commission to study the youth sports industry in Massachusetts, where Global Premier Soccer was headquartered. In 2020, GPS, which once served tens of thousands of youth players, shut down after its parent company was forced into bankruptcy. On Friday, its former chief operating officer agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit visa fraud in a wide-ranging conspiracy to import hundreds of youth coaches. (Boston Globe)
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