League of Fans’ founder Ralph Nader’s op-ed column on college athletes practicing on college campuses across the country during a surging pandemic was published by USA Today today (“Ralph Nader: Pandemic Can’t Stop the Greed of College Athletic Programs, But Congress Can”). Here’s an excerpt:
Today, we are watching much of the college sports […]
By Gerry Chidiac
One of the most important qualities of a good leader is the ability to listen. It is very easy to jump on a bandwagon and it is easy to jump to conclusions. It takes true courage to hear another person’s point of view, admit we were wrong, shift our beliefs […]
By Ken Reed
America is clearly broken.
We’ve struggled from the beginning of this nation to live up to our ideals.
From our Pledge of Allegiance: “… with liberty and justice for all …”
From our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal …”
League of Fans founder Ralph Nader recently wrote a compelling column about heroes. He took a look at the disproportionate attention sports stars receive in relation to the heroes who fight for justice and are effectively addressing important socio-cultural issues, as well as the everyday heroes who are stepping up during the COVID-19 pandemic. We […]
By Ken Reed
Many parts of our society have been hit hard by Covid-19. One area that’s received scant attention is youth sports.
During this pandemic, youth sports leagues have been cancelled, athletic facilities have been shutdown, various youth sports programs — public (community recreation centers) and private (e.g., club sports organizations) — have screeched […]
Fans, players and the game deserve a stronger punishment for this blatant disregard of basic fair play and sportsmanship
To Robert D. Manfred Jr., Major League Baseball Commissioner
Dear Mr. Manfred:
With Major League Baseball on hiatus due to the coronavirus, you have time to revisit the Houston Astros […]
By Ken Reed
I was walking off the tennis court last Sunday checking my messages when I saw several texts saying Kobe Bryant had been killed in a helicopter crash.
My first reaction was disbelief. Then shock. Then sadness.
As I got in my car, I wasn’t sure why I was so sad. While I […]
By Gerry Chidiac
The word competition often draws to mind hard-nosed athletes and coaches who will do anything to win. We imagine the tough business executive who will eliminate all adversaries to make the greatest profit.
But in fact, the win-at-all-costs attitude brings only short-term success. In order to win in the long […]
“Hats off to the World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals. Unmatched in baseball history were their comebacks. Five times in the Playoffs they faced extinction. Five times they won those games. In their final must win seventh game, they were being shut out with only one hit into the 7th inning, behind 2-0, and they […]
An Unsurpassable Sterling Record of Stamina!
By Ralph Nader
July 10, 2019
I’ve always been fascinated by stamina. Lou Gehrig was my boyhood hero, and not just because of his batting average, clutch hitting, and dignified comportment. From 1925 to 1939 he played 2,130 ballgames in a […]
- "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.
- Ken Reed's Author Page on Amazon
Sports & Torts – Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans – at the American Museum of Tort Law
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