In his recently released memoir, “An Accidental Sportwriter,” Robert Lipsyte tells stories about the many social issues he’s addressed in his distinguished career as a sports journalist, including a long stint as a sports columnist at the New York Times. Lipsyte, who Howard Cosell once called “the best sports columnist of my lifetime,” wrote a landmark book in the sports reform field in 1975 called “SportsWorld: An American Dreamland,” a probing look at the social, cultural and economic aspects of the American sports system. Writing that book was a courageous move for a sportswriter at the time. In effect, it was the first in-depth critical look at the socio-cultural ramifications of Big Sport in the United States.
Unlike the vast majority of his contemporaries in sports journalism, Lipsyte has succeeded in avoiding a common affliction among sports journalists called Sports Syndrome, a condition that describes people who are hero-worshipping sports fans at heart and prefer the blind sanctification of sports to a comprehensive analysis of sports’ impact — pro and con — on our culture. Lipsyste’s passions are people and the social issues of the day, not sports. It’s this perspective, combined with a beautiful writing style, that makes “An Accidental Sportswriter” a must read for everyone who believes in the potential of sports but also feels SportsWorld can be so much better than it is today.
If you like sports and care deeply about how they impact our society,visit robertlipsyte.com
Sports Forum Podcast
Episode #17 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Talking Sports With Legendary New York Times Sports Columnist Robert Lipsyte – We chat about Lipsyte’s amazing career and some of the athletes he covered and got to know well, like Muhammad Ali, as well as his relationships with fellow sports journalists like Bob Costas and Howard Cosell.
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Episode #16 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Andrew Maraniss: Outstanding Author of Books That Focus On the Intersection of Sports, History and Social Justice.
Episode #15 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Talking Sports Psychology with Dr. Tim Rice. We discuss the growth of sports psychology at all levels, the positive impact that a number of high profile athletes have had by opening up, and the importance of everyone involved in sports caring for the whole athlete, mind and body.
Episode #14 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Making Sense of the Injury Pandemic in Major League Baseball – Gary McCoy is a strength, conditioning and high performance coach who has worked with several Major League Baseball organizations.
Episode #13 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: A Conversation With Long-Time MLB Exec Dan Evans About What’s Right With Baseball and What Could Be Better – Evans is a former general manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is currently a consultant for Go the Distance Baseball, which owns the Field of Dreams movie site.
Episode #12 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: A Fun Chat With Dan Gutman, Author of the Baseball Card Adventure Series for Kids
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Ken Reed appears on KGNU Community Radio in Colorado (at 02:30) to discuss equality in sports and Title IX.
Ken Reed appears on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour (at 38:35) to discuss his book The Sports Reformers: Working to Make the World of Sports a Better Place, and to talk about some current sports issues.
Sports & Torts – Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans – at the American Museum of Tort Law
League of Fans is a sports reform project founded by Ralph Nader to fight for the higher principles of justice, fair play, equal opportunity and civil rights in sports; and to encourage safety and civic responsibility in sports industry and culture.
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