League of Fans and the organization’s sports policy director, Ken Reed, are featured in a lengthy article by Alex Johnson (@MAlexJohnson) posted on MSNBC.com Friday. See “Sports Fans Play the Washington Game.”
The article highlights some of the work League of Fans and other advocacy organizations are doing for fans, athletes and other sports participants.
In the article Reed stresses that for the League of Fans “it’s not a political agenda — it’s about ‘what’s best for the game, the fans, the participants.”
Johnson ends the article with a quote from Reed about why he and the League of Fans are so focused on addressing the problems in sports that negatively impact the sports experience for fans and players at all levels.
“People ask, ‘Why do you guys hate sports?'” Reed said. “It makes me mad and laugh at the same time. Probably no one person loves sports as much as I do.
“My father was a coach. I played two sports in college. I used to be on the sports marketing side and the sports professor side … I love sports. My response is, “Why aren’t you angry?'”
In a sidebar, the article lays out four key League of Fans goals:
1) To build momentum toward a vision in which all sports stakeholders are treated justly, fairly, and ethically.
2) To ensure that all those who have a stake in sports – including the millions of fans, sports consumers, sports participants, and taxpayers across the nation – have a voice in how sports are operated in this country.
3) To encourage sports stakeholders to become sports activists and reformers; and to take action to improve the world of sports, wherever they’re at, in whatever way they can, in a collective effort to help sport serve the public interest.
4) To increase the number of sports participants, at all ages in the United States, because of sport’s numerous physical, mental and social benefits.
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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.
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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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