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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Misconduct in Sports
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"Athletes and Their Posses" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (May 14, 2000 Transcript)
Examines the often reckless groups with which some elite athletes associate off the field.
"Bob Knight and anger management" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (May 21, 2000 Transcript)
Considers whether Bob Knight will ever learn to control his temper to prevent further abusive behavior.
"Bob Knight: The Final Crisis?" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (April 16, 2000 Transcript)
Considers whether Bob Knight can survive the serious allegations brought against him.
"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.
"Crossover Image" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (June 10, 2001 Transcript)
Analyzes Allen Iverson's remarkable image crossover.
"Does Character Count in the NFL Draft?" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (April 9, 2000 Transcript)
Explores how NFL teams are judging the character of potential draftees in a time of image problems throughout the league.
"Football, Race, and the Power of One Word" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (June 4, 2000 Transcript)
Focuses on the significance of high school football, race, and a coach's use of the "N-word" in the small town of Wildwood, Florida.
"John Rocker, the Atlanta Braves, and team cohesion" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (June 25, 2000 Transcript)
Addresses team chemistry and questions whether the actions of a single player can destroy the chemistry of a team.
"Judging the Olympics" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (February 17, 2002 Transcript)
Explores the problem of politics and dishonesty in Olympic judging.
"Memorabilia Fraud" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (December 3, 2000 Transcript)
Focuses on the FBI's "Operation Bullpen" and the questioned authenticity of autographed items.
"Orchestrating a Record" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (January 13, 2002 Transcript)
Addresses whether coordinating a record undermines the integrity of sports.
"Parental Guidance Suggested" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (July 15, 2001 Transcript)
Examines the growing problem of parent and coach behavior in youth sports.
"Players and Security" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (May 28th, 2000 Transcript)
Addresses the issue of sports fan behavior and player security at sporting events.
Race, Athletes, and Crime
by Richard E. Lapchick
"Ray Lewis and the lessons learned" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (June 11th, 2000 Transcript)
Explores Ray Lewis' murder trial, his decision to take the advice of the District Attorney and testify against his friends, and the public relations problems faced by the NFL.
"Return Engagement" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (March 25, 2001 Transcript)
Explores the questions surrounding Bob Knight's return to coaching.
"Rites and Wrongs: Hazing in Sports" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (April, 2000)
- Athletes abusing athletes
- They call it leadership
- It's not all fun and games
- Like fighting, part of game
- Laws get a workout
- Sports hazing incidents
"The Rookie Rules" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (September 9, 2001 Transcript)
Examines the National Football League's system of life education for rookies.
"Tyson's Torment" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (January 27, 2002 Transcript)
Addresses the adversity of Mike Tyson and boxing in general, and explores the future of the man and the sport.
"Was the Fix In?" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (February 10, 2002 Transcript)
Focuses on the Olympic ideal of honest competition and the possible fixing of qualifying events by speed skater Apolo Ohno.
"Wisconsin Football Faces Season of Turmoil" - ESPN's Outside the Lines (September 10, 2000 Transcript)
Addresses the story surrounding dozens of University of Wisconsin athletes receiving discounts on sneakers in violation of NCAA rules.