By Ken Reed
Brett McMurphy has long been a journalist in every positive sense of the word. In short, he’s a pro’s pro.
But ESPN decided to let McMurphy go as part of a layoff in April 2017. McMurphy still had 18 months left on his contract at the time and instead of taking another job and letting ESPN out of the remaining months on his deal, he kept working independently.
Recently, he broke the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith domestic abuse scandal at Ohio State on his Facebook page. It’s the college sports story of the year and ironically, ESPN paid McMurphy — via his still in effect salary — to break the story on Facebook instead of ESPN.
McMurphy also independently broke the Scott Frost to Nebraska story. Count that as another miss for ESPN.
ESPN’s journalistic integrity has been in question for at least the past decade. True, the sports network still has a few quality journalists like Bob Ley, who does excellent work, including hosting the investigative journalism show Outside the Lines, but they are the exception. Today, too many of ESPN’s “talents” are childish entertainers like Chris Berman and not true journalists.
It is sweet revenge for both McMurphy and everyone who longs for more honest and in-depth sports journalism that McMurphy beat the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader on one of the biggest sports stories of the year.
— 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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