The game changers

The game changers

BY JON BELL

The Beaver State isn’t the first to come to mind as a sports powerhouse. Sure, we’ve got some big players like Nike, Adidas, the Blazers, the Timbers, and the Ducks. But compared to heavy hitters like New York, Texas or California, Oregon is in a different league.

But that’s OK. Here, our roster is deep. We’ve got the professional side covered, the apparel piece, the fringe sports, the college football, the bikes — and the business that goes along with all of them. We’ve got innovators in everything from concussion research and climbing walls to the Sunday afternoon mud pit bike racing known as cyclocross.

In short, plenty of people in Oregon make the state a sports and recreation driver. Here’s a look at eight key figures on that list.



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0 #1 The Key QuestionGuest 2013-04-02 18:16:27
They should have asked Dr. Chestnutt if he would let his boys play football. In fact I think we should take a poll of neuroscientists and perhaps medical doctors with that simple question: Would you let your boys play football? I would not and have written as much in the past:

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0 #2 writerGuest 2013-04-02 20:36:10
Thanks for the comment. While it didn't make it into the story, we did ask Dr. Chestnutt that question. He does have a son who plays football and who in fact has had — and recovered from — a concussion himself.
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