From the Editor:
League of Fans’ sports policy director, Ken Reed, is the host of a new sports issues podcast called League of Fans’ Sports Forum.
Here’s the podcast description:
Sports Forum is an ongoing discussion about current sports issues. The goal of the podcast is to find ways we can improve the sports experience for all stakeholders by enhancing the positives and mitigating the negatives in today’s sports environment.
The podcast will feature conversations with experts on a variety of contemporary sports issues, from concussions and brain trauma, to overbearing youth sports coaches and parents, to whether or not college athletes deserve compensation beyond a scholarship. The inaugural episode’s topic is Title IX and equal opportunity in sports. The guest is long-time Title IX and civil rights activist Donna Lopiano.
“Sports Forum is designed to be an ongoing discussion on a variety of sports issues – many of them public policy-related,” said Reed.
“For the most part, we’ll be talking about issues beyond the games themselves. We won’t be talking about coaching decisions in the most recent games, or who should be traded or fired from various teams. There are plenty of outlets for those types of discussions. We want to focus on ways we — as a society — can make the world of sports better. Our mission at League of Fans is to fight for the principles of justice, fair play, equal opportunity, civil rights, safety and civic responsibility in the world of sports. The same will hold true for our Sports Forum podcast.”
The League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast will eventually be available wherever you get your podcasts. As of now, it’s available at Spotify, Anchor and PocketCasts.
Here are the links:
You can follow Sports Forum on Facebook: @SportsForumPodcast
If you feel so moved, please be sure to subscribe, rate and review the podcast.
Sports Forum Podcast
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, a SHAPE America board member, former national physical education teacher of the year, and 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.
Episode #4 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: The Biggest Issue in Sports Today? Brain Trauma – The guest is Patrick Hruby, a journalist who has done extensive research and in-depth writing on the topic of brain trauma in sports, most notably football.
Episode #3 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: Coaching Styles with Sports Sociologist Jay Coakley – The guest is veteran sports sociologist Jay Coakley, a former college athlete who went on to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology from Notre Dame.
Episode #2 – League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast: College & High School Athletics: Where Do We Go From Here? The guest is John Gerdy, a former college athlete and NCAA and SEC administrator who became a sports reformer later in his career.
Episode #1: The inaugural episode of League of Fans’ Sports Forum podcast. The topic is Title IX and equal opportunity in sports. The guest is long-time Title IX and civil rights activist Donna Lopiano.
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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