The August 15-22 issue of The Nation magazine is filled with informative and provocative writing on some our most important contemporary sports issues. Issues like public-financing of stadiums, lockouts in the NFL and NBA, sexism and racism in sports, are analyzed brilliantly by the likes of Dave Zirin, Robert Lipsyte, Neil DeMause, David Meggyesy, Will Leitch, Noam Chomsky, and Mary Jo Kane. There’s also a compelling section in which people from various walks of life talk about their sports idols and how they’ve inspired them.
If you love sports, but are also deeply concerned about what’s becoming of sports, you understand that there’s a time to be a fan and cheer, a time to be a participant and compete, and a time to be a sports activist and work for reform. The Nation‘s special report on sports will give you a boatload of inspiration to get out there and work toward making the world of sports better for all stakeholders — not just those with all the power. For those of us who are passionate about sports, and who believe sports can serve the public interest in multiple ways, we can’t afford to sit back and watch our games be usurped by those with win-at-all-costs (WAAC) and profit-at-all-costs (PAAC) agendas.
So, consider this a call-to-action for all current and potential sports activists and reformers: Get your hands on the August 15-22 issue of The Nation. It’s good stuff.
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans
Sports Forum Podcast
Episode #10 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: An Issues Discussion With Paul Dolan – Dolan is the Cleveland Indians Owner and CEO. He discusses the use of Native American names and logos by sports teams and the decisions to drop the Chief Wahoo logo and the upcoming change to the team name. Other baseball topics include health and safety, possible MLB rule changes and youth participation in the sport.
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Episode #9 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Talking Sports Issues With Ralph Nader – Nader is a consumer advocate and was named one of the “100 Most Influential Americans of the 20th Century” by Time magazine. He is the founder of League of Fans.
Episode #8 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: How Can We Save College Sports From Overcommercialization and Professionalization? – The guest is Dr. David Ridpath, a sports business professor and past president of the Drake Group
Episode #7 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Brain Trauma and CTE Risk in Sports With Dr. Ann McKee – Dr. McKee works in the field of neuropathology and has demonstrated that “mild” repetitive head trauma can provoke chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a devastating neurodegenerative disease.
Episode #6 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: The Need for Quality Physical Education in Our Schools is Greater Than Ever – The guest is Clayton Ellis, one of our nation’s leading advocates for getting our young people to be more physically active.
Episode #5 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Youth Sports with Positive Coaching Alliance Founder Jim Thompson – Thompson started Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) in 1998 to help create a movement to transform the culture of youth sports from “win-at-all-costs” to a positive, character-building experience.
Media"How We Can Save Sports" author Ken Reed appears on Fox & Friends to explain how there's "too much adult in youth sports."
Ken Reed appears on Mornings with Gail from KFKA Radio in Colorado to discuss bad parenting in youth athletics.
“Should College Athletes Be Paid?” Ken Reed on The Morning Show from Wisconsin Public Radio
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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