By Ken Reed
So, the owner of the NFL’s Washington football club, Dan Snyder, says he’ll never change the nickname of his team. He’s made his stand. Never, of course, is a long time. Or not.
Remember, there never was going to be an African-American ballplayer in Major League Baseball as long as Kenesaw Mountain Landis was commissioner of the big leagues. Well, as we know, Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson (with the help of unsung others) integrated baseball a short time later.
As a country, we have a long history of people saying “Never!” when it comes to forward-thinking progressive initiatives for our country. But right-thinking people, driven by their souls and a strong sense of social justice, eventually prevail. And they’ll prevail in this case, too. Dan Snyder’s team won’t be called the “Redskins” for much longer. It’s wrong and good people are rising up to right this wrong. They’re fighting the good fight.
It’s craziness that in 2013 we still have people like Snyder and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defending the use of a term that Native Americans feel is as disrespectful to them as the “N-Word” is to African Americans.
But the nickname “Redskins” is doomed. Dave Zirin has written a spot-on piece of commentary over at Grantland on this topic. I strongly encourage each of you to check it out.
And then rise up and join the good fight against Neanderthals like Snyder and Goodell.
The Redskins nickname is going down.
— 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.
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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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