By Ken Reed
I’ve written several times in the past that the Redskins nickname is dead in Washington. It’s not a question of if, but when.
But thanks to Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder, that time could come sooner than later.
As Colin McGowan wrote in a recent SportsOnEarth column, “It’s genuinely astounding that every damn time the Redskins try to sway public opinion on this issue, they embarrass themselves further. They could not be worse at this.”
Washington’s NFL franchise recently launched a #RedskinsPride campaign, asking fans to let Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — an outspoken opponent of the Redskins nickname — know how much they support the Redskins nickname. The team tweeted: “Tweet @SenatorReid to show your #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to you.” The team also emailed fans asking them to contact Sen. Reid.
As McGowan tells it:
“the Washington Redskins recently did something spectacularly dumb, so let’s talk about that. Two weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent a letter signed by half the U.S. Senate to the NFL, urging its leadership to put pressure on Dan Snyder to change his franchise’s racist nickname. Someone in Snyder’s stable of demonstrably overpaid flacks thought it would be a good idea to counter that letter with a hashtag campaign, which would allow Washington fans to — the logic gets fuzzy here — publicly express their support for a slur.”
One thing’s for sure: Snyder’s bonehead PR strategy is speeding up the process that will ultimately result in the demise of a racist nickname.
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans
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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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