By Ken Reed
“The whole event [Olympics] long ago became a corporate spectacle that has more to do with selling TV ads than promoting international friendship.”
— Charles Lane
Middle School Athletes Being Recruited
In the Washington D.C. area, the best 8th grade football players are being recruited by local private schools in a manner similar to the way the country’s best high school players are recruited by big-time college football programs.
DeJuan Ellis, Jr. has been watched by numerous high school coaches while playing junior high football games the past three years. They send him texts and messages on Facebook. Some give him tours of their school and host him at their high school games.
“It’s bigger than ever,” says one high school coach. “We’re getting highlight tapes every day from parents and coaches. It’s just the college [scene], just four years earlier.”
Young Teens Still Not Exercising
Only one in four U.S. teens between ages 12 to 15 meet the recommended hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day, based on a sample of 800 kids as part of the 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey. The actual number of active teens might even be less than stated since the results were self-reported.
“It’s definitely very concerning to see that our kids are engaging in such a limited amount of physical activity each day when we are still battling” an obesity epidemic, said Stephen Pont, an Austin pediatrician.
Another Reason to Protect Hockey Players: Finances
There has been a ton of data pointing to the fact that the NHL does a terrible job protecting its players from brain trauma. The league still allows fighting for Pete’s sake.
Nevertheless, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his owner cronies have done very little to make the game safer.
Perhaps they might take action upon hearing this fact: NHL teams and their insurers paid approximately $653 million in salary to players sidelined by concussions and other injuries over three recent seasons, according to a study published in the medical journal Injury Prevention.
“NHL owners need to do a better job of protecting their athletes — if not for their players, then for their own pocketbooks,” said study author Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans
Sports Forum Podcast
Episode #26 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: How Can We Fix Youth Sports? – John O’Sullivan is Founder and CEO of Changing the Game Project and author of “Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids.” We discuss overzealous adults in youth sports, the dangers of sport specialization, youth sports entrepreneurs and the profit-at-all-costs mindset, and the growing socio-economic gap in youth sports.
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Episode #25 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Physical Education Should Be a Critical Component of K-12 School Design – Michael Horn is co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation.
Episode #24 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Mental Health and Athletes: Ending the Stigma – Nathan Braaten and Taylor Ricci are the founders of Dam Worth It, a non-profit created to end the stigma around mental health at colleges and universities through sport, storytelling, and community creation.
Episode #23 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Olympian Benita Fitzgerald Mosley Talks Title IX, Youth Sports and the Olympics.
Episode #22 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Rethinking Sports Fandom with Author Craig Calcaterra – We discuss Calcaterra’s new book “Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own Game” and explore new ways to be a fan.
Episode #21 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Chatting About a Broken Game With Baseball Writer Pedro Moura – Moura is a national baseball writer for Fox Sports. We discuss how and why the game of baseball is broken, what factors caused it, and offer a few thoughts on how to “fix” a great game.
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.
- League of Fans Sports Policy Director Ken Reed quoted in Washington Post column titled "What happened to P.E.? It’s losing ground in our push for academic improvement," by Jay Mathews
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.
Sports & Torts – Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans – at the American Museum of Tort Law
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