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New footballs cause concern among NFL quarterbacks

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It's sad that every high school, college, and recreational football and basketball player has to subject themselves to cheap balls that can shred the flesh of even the toughest of athletes like Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash.

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If they ever put the Wilson Football people out of business I will be very disappointed. These guys are hard working Americans. Not some sweat shop in china.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=lukas/110131_wilson_football_factory&sportCat=nfl

If you're thinking, "Where the hell is Ada?" you're not alone. It's in the northwest portion of the state, about halfway between Columbus and Toledo. Along with the usual small-town staples -- a tavern here, a beauty salon there -- it has two notable institutions: the campus of Ohio Northern University (its teams, which compete in Division III, are called the Polar Bears) and the Wilson football factory, which has turned out every single NFL ball since 1955, along with millions of balls for college, high school and youth leagues.
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It's sad that every high school, college, and recreational football and basketball player has to subject themselves to cheap balls that can shred the flesh of even the toughest of athletes like Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash.

Luckily those lower tier athletes aren't throwing 400 balls a day, every day.

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Has the cost of leather risen dramatically or something? Why change for the sake of change?

they are trying to suck up every single penny that they possibly can

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Really doubt if they are getting cuts on their fingers, if the same laces have been used at other levels for years. Sounds like typical bitching to resist change.

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Everybody's trying to cut back save a dollar....

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If it ain't broke....

... break it.

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9 billion dollar business can afford nice balls.

There's a porn industry joke in there, I just can't put my finger on it.

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Really doubt if they are getting cuts on their fingers, if the same laces have been used at other levels for years. Sounds like typical bitching to resist change.

sounds more like someone trying to change for the sake of change.

still haven't heard one good reason to make the change.

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I understand that these balls will be cheaper to make and they may even work better than leather balls/laces but cuts on the fingers of qbs/wrs and anyone who plays basketball just isn't worth it. Sure their hands can endure the beating for the game, but they HAVE to practice with these balls as well to be properly used to the feel come gametime. During practices and just tossing the ball around and handling it is going to be where the vast majority of use is, and those cuts are going to add up bigtime and start to cause pain later in season.

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