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


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