League of Fans

Founded by Ralph Nader, League of Fans is a sports reform project working to improve sports by increasing awareness of the sports industry's relationship to society, exposing irresponsible business practices, ensuring accountability to fans, and encouraging the industry to contribute to societal well-being.

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League of Fans is motivated by people, just like you, who are upset with what has become of our sports and would like to make a difference. We work with concerned citizens, sports fans, civic groups and communities to increase awareness of the sports industry's relationship to society, influence a broad range of issues in sports at all levels and encourage the cooperative capacities that make the "sports powers-that-be" capable of helping, not just dominating, our society and culture.

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We often think of sports as outside the realm of everyday citizen concern. But the many benefits to society that sports can provide are sometimes undermined by a different set of values, often based on the quest for higher and higher profits at the expense of fans, taxpayers, communities, culture and social justice.

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Cleaning Up Dirty Football

Fans of the National Football League should cheer Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's determined actions to eliminate excessive violence ["Tagliabue Emphasizes Safety to Coaches," Sports, Nov. 4].

The commissioner knows when he sees dirty football, as receivers repeatedly have been knocked senseless by the crown of a spearing defender's helmet.

Recently officials have been quicker to flag, and Mr. Tagliabue has been quicker to fine players for these malicious hits. Yet the commissioner also suspects that these hits may be condoned and even expected by coaches. If that is the case, he must halt such habits before season-ending injuries, concussions and seizures turn into catastrophic career-ending trauma, paralysis or even death.

Fans love hard hits, and that's fine if they're clean. It's part of football. But dirty play has no place in any game that we call a sport, and fans should get behind the commissioner as he works to clean up the NFL.

Shawn McCarthy
Director, League of Fans
Washington Post

Tagliabue Emphasizes Safety to Coaches

..."In his memo, Tagliabue also told coaches they could be fined for condoning such hits, and that teams could incur serious sanctions if it can be determined they have paid the fines for penalized or suspended players."...
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The mission of League of Fans is to improve sports by working as a sports industry watchdog to increase awareness of the industry's relationship to society, expose irresponsible business practices, ensure fan accountability, and encourage the sports industry to contribute to societal well-being. The League of Fans website is at: http://www.leagueoffans.org.