By Ken Reed
If you watched the “League of Denial” PBS Frontline documentary and were angered, frustrated, scared, inspired to action, or all of the above, those feelings will be enhanced after reading the book.
One thing that the authors do particularly well in the book is outline the similarities and parallels between Big Tobacco’s approach to research findings on smoking and the NFL’s approach to research findings on brain trauma in football.
To me, one of the scariest things to be highlighted in the documentary and book is that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) has been found in the brains of a high school football player and a college football player. If CTE was found in brains this young, what does that mean for the future of youth and high school football?
Ann McKee, a neurologist, pathologist and one of the country’s leading brain researchers, is quoted in the book saying, “Most NFL players are going to get this (CTE). It’s just a matter of degree.”
“League of Denial” authors and ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru recently took part in an interesting podcast interview with Patrick Hruby. It’s worth a listen to learn more about the making of the documentary and book.
The podcast is good. The documentary is very good. The book is excellent.
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans
Sports Forum Podcast
Episode #14 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Making Sense of the Injury Pandemic in Major League Baseball – The guest is Gary McCoy, a strength, conditioning and high performance coach who has worked with several Major League Baseball organizations. Our focus is the injury pandemic in baseball, what’s causing it and how it can be fixed.
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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
Episode #11 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: The Latest on Brain Trauma, Concussions and CTE with Dr. Chris Nowinski – Nowinski is CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.
Episode #10 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: An Issues Discussion With Paul Dolan – Dolan is the Cleveland Indians Owner and CEO.
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.
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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