By Ken Reed
Namath Suffering From Football Concussions
Famous New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath says he’s long had to deal with the aftereffects of concussions from his playing career.
“I’ve been some through some things medically,” says Namath. “I’ve seen some things on my brian. But I’ve had some treatment — and I’ve improved. None of the body was designed to play football. Excuse me, you know, football, we’re just not designed for.”
Seahawks Owner Paul Allen Donates $2.4 Million For Brain Study
Seattle Seahawks owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has donated $2.4 million to his Allen Institute for Brain Science and the University of Washington for a two-year study into whether repeated blows to the head can lead to dementia.
Allen is doing the study apart from any NFL-sponsored studies. The Allen Institute previously focused on mapping the healthy brain. However, the Institute’s Dr. Ed Lein said the move into brain injury was a logical next step.
European Pro Basketball Much Different Than the NBA
Darryl Middleton was a college hoops star at Baylor but the NBA didn’t come calling. So, he went to play pro ball in Europe. At 47, he still lives in Europe. He’s one of the most famous American players in European basketball history. But European pro hoops is hardly a life of luxury.
“One of the lower-league teams I played on we had to bring our own water to practice,” says Middleton.
An interesting read about basketball on another continent.
NFL: Vicious and Violent Entertainment
I’ve always enjoyed watching football games. I love the excitement, intensity, strategy, and artistic athletic ability. And yes, I’ve cheered after some vicious hits. I never thought about what the vicious nature of the game was doing to the players on the field. I figured that once the players were done on the gridiron they suffered from more arthritis pain and limped a little more than the rest of us but that realization didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the game on Saturdays and Sundays.
Today, knowing what I know about brain trauma and concussions, I cringe a lot more on big hits. New York Times columnist Frank Bruni captured this phenomenon well.
Bruni wrote about watching a Colts-Chiefs game this season and called it a “blunt reminder of how much pain we fans endorse in the service of our pleasure.”
Horowitz’ Case Against Alex Rodriguez Revealed
The reasoning of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in giving the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez a full-season ban from baseball was ironically revealed in the latest lawsuit brought by Rodriquez against Major League Baseball and the players’ union.
Horowitz wrote in his ruling that the evidence “clearly and convincingly establishes Rodriguez committed multiple violations” of baseball’s drug agreement. He believes the evidence confirms that Rodriguez used and/or possessed three banned substances over a three-year period: testosterone, insulinlike growth factor-1, and HGH.
— 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.
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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