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Bo Jackson hits it big with indoor youth sports training facilities

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Saturday's health and safety news from the world of football:

* Forbes profiled former All-Pro running back Bo Jackson and how he has become a successful entrepreneur with indoor training facilities.


... few know that Jackson has evolved into an entrepreneur since retiring from professional sports in the 1995. He is an investor in a bank and has a youth sports training facility in Illinois -- Bo Jackson's Elite Sports -- that he is going to roll out into other parts of the country.


The Jackson name -- never tarnished by scandal and enhanced by Bo's charity work -- is a powerful brand. Nike and Gatorade are the big sponsors of (the) current training facility, and total sponsorship revenue for Jackson's facilities are expected to average around $300,000 a year, versus about $40,000 for the typical sports training facility in the U.S. I recently went out to Illinois to visit Bo and talk about his hopes and vision for his new endeavor for the YES Network's Forbes SportsMoney.


The economics for sports training facilities, particularly in areas of the country where the weather can be harsh during much of the year, is big. Municipalities in many parts of the U.S. are looking for private partners they can invest with to build youth training facilities. The Sports Facilities Advisory is leading the way in financing, building and managing these facilities. SFA is also partnering with Bo with his expansion.


* The Weather Channel said it's a fallacy that colder temperatures cause more concussions in football.


With the Super Bowl kicking off Sunday night, Dr. Andrew Naidech, M.D. of Neurology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, says no evidence has been found to suggest colder weather creates a higher risk for a concussion.


"I was unable to find any data, and in talking with my colleagues, no one's aware of any association between cold weather and concussions," he told weather.com.


* ESPN's NFL Nation delved deeper into the knee injury statistics presented by the NFL at Thursday's Player Health and Safety press conference.

* The Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer followed the baseline concussion tests of the city's Indoor Football League team, the Bemidji Axemen.

* The Los Angeles Times looked at this week's study that said the design of a football helmet can alter the concussion rate.

* WLOX-TV examined the newly signed youth concussion law in Mississippi and the impact it will have on school sports.

* WDAM-TV in Moselle, Miss., published an editorial that applauded the new law.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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