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 #32 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Prolific Author Joe Posnanski Joins the Show – Posnanski is one of America’s best sportswriters and has twice been named the best sports columnist in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors. We chat about his new book, “Why We Love Baseball,” his new Substack newsletter called Joe Blogs, and we cover topics including how baseball treats its fans, MLB’s numerous rule changes this past season, how the sport can become more fan-friendly, the greatness of Negro Leagues champion Buck O’Neil, and much more.
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Episode #31 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Foul Ball Safety Is Still an Important Issue at Ballparks – Our guests are Jordan Skopp, founder of FoulBallSafety.com and Greg Wilkowski, a Chicago based attorney. We discuss the historical problem of foul balls injuring fans and why some teams are still hesitant to put up protective netting in some minor league and college baseball parks.
Episode #30 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: The State of College Athletics with Dr. David Ridpath: Problems and Potential Solutions – Ridpath is a sports administration professor at Ohio University and a member of The Drake Group, a college sports reform think tank.
Episode #29 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: The Honorable Tom McMillen Visits League of Fans’ Sports Forum – McMillen is a former All-American basketball player, Olympian, Rhodes Scholar and U.S. Congressman. We discuss the state of college athletics today.
Episode #28 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: A Chat With Mano Watsa, a Leading Basketball and Life Educator – Watsa is President of PGC Basketball, the largest education basketball camp in the world. We discuss problems in youth sports today.
Episode #27 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Kids’ Sports: How We Can Take Back the Game and Restore Quality Family Time In the Process – Linda Flanagan is author of “Take Back the Game: How Money and Mania Are Ruining Kids’ Sports and Why It Matters.” We discuss how commercialized and professionalized youth sports are hurting kids and their families.
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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.
- Reed Appears on Ralph Nader Radio Hour League of Fans’ sports policy director, Ken Reed, Ralph Nader and the New York Times’ Tyler Kepner discussed a variety of sports issues on Nader’s radio show as well as Reed’s updated book, How We Can Save Sports: A Game Plan. Reed's book was released in paperback in February, and has a new introduction and several updated sections.
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.
Vanderbilt Sport & Society - On The Ball with Andrew Maraniss with guest Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director for League of Fans and author of How We Can Save Sports: A Game Plan
Sports & Torts – Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans – at the American Museum of Tort Law
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