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 #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
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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