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.
Alerts is League of Fans' email announcements list. Alerts provides news, information, the actions of League of Fans and/or Ralph Nader regarding sports issues, and calls-to-action for subscribers. All email updates are either selected or written by League of Fans.
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.
News / Resources
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.
Get Involved! Your involvement will improve sports for communities and fans, and encourage the sports industry to better contribute to societal well-being.
Health and Safety in Sports
American Red Cross - Sport Safety Training for Coaches
To keep athletes safer, to enable coaches to prevent, prepare for, and respond to sports-related injuries, to raise awareness of safety issues in athletes, and to provide an atmosphere in which athletes can train and compete with the confidence that their coach has taken a sport safety course.
"Bigger, Stronger, Faster" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (December 10, 2000 Transcript)
Examines the increasing use of steroids and the pressure for physical performance.
"Can Baseball Change Macho Culture of High and Tight Fastball?" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (April 30, 2000 Transcript)
Examines the various issues involved in the malicious high and tight fastball and bench clearing brawls, and considers whether Major League Baseball can do something about it.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) tobacco-free sports
To promote sports participation as a healthy and positive alternative to tobacco use.
"Comebackers" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (July 8, 2001 Transcript)
Addresses the fear and compromised safety of Major League pitchers when faced with a "comebacker."
"Concussions: What Doctors and Players Know and Don't Know" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (September 24, 2000 Transcript)
Explores the circumstances and dangers surrounding concussions in sports.
- Sports safety for children
- Sports physical
- Sports safety for adolescents
- Sports safety for adults
- Sports safety for summer
- Nutrition and athletic performance
Dying for the Game
by Richard E. Lapchick
"NASCAR Safety: The Danger Dilemma" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (November 19, 2000 Transcript)
Explores the escalating danger involved in NASCAR.
National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)
To enhance the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity and to advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injuries.
The National Center for Drug Free Sport
Specializes in athletics-specific drug testing program support to help high schools, colleges, universities and other athletic organizations ensure drug free environments.
National Safe Kids Campaign - Sports and Recreation
Dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury.
National Youth Sports Safety Foundation
Dedicated to reducing the number and severity of injuries youth sustain in sports and fitness activities.
NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS)
Committed to collecting and developing pertinent information regarding desirable training methods, prevention and treatment of sports injuries, utilization of sound safety measures at the college level, drug-education and drug-testing.
NCAA Drug Testing Program
So that no one participant might have an artificially induced advantage, so that no one participant might be pressured to use chemical substances in order to remain competitive, and to safeguard the health and safety of participants.
"Olympic Drug Testing" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (October 1, 2000 Transcript)
Focuses on the international perception that Americans do not vigorously test Olympic or professional athletes for performance enhancing drugs.
"On the Ropes" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (April 15, 2001 Transcript)
Considers the dangers of boxing and whether it will ever be safer.
Spine-Health.com - Sports and your spine
Information on causes and prevention of sports injuries that can cause back pain.
To provide the knowledge to compete intensely in your chosen sport, armed with the knowledge of your body's potential, what can go wrong with your performance, what to do non-surgically if you're injured, and how to avoid injuries in the first place.
"Training Athletes to Death" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (August 5, 2001 Transcript)
Explores the avoidable deaths of athletes from overtraining and who is at fault.
"Truth or Scare" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (April 8, 2001 Transcript)
Analyzes the multi-billion-dollar sports supplement industry, the athletes that fuel it and whether those supplements do more harm than help.