One of the major reasons for this is parents teaching their children to worship the sports gods on Sunday instead of being at church worshiping God.
They probably wouldn't agree with this assessment, but actions speak louder than words. What you put first in your life is what you worship. And what you put first in your life is what your kids will put first in their lives.
I'm not anti-sports. I played Little League as a kid and other sports all the way through school...but not during church. My parents taught me that sports were beneficial, but not something to put before my commitment to God's house.
And it seemed that the leagues I played in agreed as well. Games were not scheduled on Sundays. Fast forward to today and that's often not the case. Sunday is just another day to fill with games. And parents, who want to make sure their kids don't miss out on anything, make the choice to skip church and head to the sport's field.
For many it becomes a slippery slope, enrolling their kids in 2 to 3 sports at a time. Before they know it, sports has taken over their entire life and they are spending every Saturday and Sunday at the field.
Each year, parents are spending an average of $671 per child on youth sports with 20% spending $1000 or more.