By Ken Reed
At this point in my life, I tend to root more for quality people than blindly root for teams wearing certain colors or based in certain geographic locations.
To me, the “home” teams are the teams with the most classy players, coaches, executives and owners.
I follow the Indianapolis Colts because Andrew Luck is a first-rate human being. Same goes for the New York Mets’ Michael Cuddyer. And the Boston Celtics’ David Lee is another class act.
That’s just a quick sample. There are many other good people in sports that I enjoy pulling for.
And I have one more to add to the list: Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. I’ve long admired his skills on the football field but have never really known much about what kind of person he is, or what kind of character he possesses.
I do now. Rodgers recently stepped up in a post-game press conference and showed courage and strength uncommon in the “me-first” world of professional sports.
In Green Bay, during a pre-game moment of silence for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, a fan yelled out “Muslims suck!” Rodgers made a mental note to address it after the game in his interactions with the press.
“It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world,” said Rodgers as part of his commentary on the incident.
I guess Rodgers can go a little deeper than just his incessant “Discount Double Check” lines in those ubiquitous State Farm insurance commercials.
Nice work Mr. Rodgers.
— 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.
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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