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In Florida, high school football goes pro

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Depending on who you ask, American high school football is a religion, a venerable rite of passage or a dangerous haven for violence. But along Florida’s Suncoast — where tennis stars like Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova were groomed for the big time starting well before puberty — it is becoming something else entirely, writes Jeré Longman in The New York Times: a booming new industry. Bradenton has been home to high-pressure incubators for junior athletes since the mid-1970s when Nick Bolletieri pioneered the sector with his famous Bolletieri…

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