Many sports fans are conflicted—they may love the games, the players, and their communities, but they are often alarmed by issues such as academic corruption, athlete health, and the overarching emphasis on winning and profit.
In How We Can Save Sports: A Game Plan, with a New Introduction, Ken Reed argues that much of our sports culture is broken, driven by ego and greed. Written to inform and empower those who care deeply about the impact of sports on individuals and society as a whole, Reed introduces readers to the most pressing problems in sports and shows how they largely derive from the mentalities of profit-at-all-costs and win-at-all-costs. Chapters dig into issues such as concussions, overzealous adults in youth sports, the disappearance of PE from many school curriculums, the focus on profit in college athletics, discrimination in sports, and more.
With a new introduction to bring this perennial topic up to the present, and featuring helpful resources and practical solutions for readers interested in change at all levels, How We Can Save Sports is an invaluable tool for addressing the many challenges in sports today.
Foreword by Ralph Nader Preface
IntroductionChapter One: Our Sports Have Been Seized By the Forces of Ego and Greed Chapter Two: Transition to Community Ownership Model Needed to Empower Fans Chapter Three: Concussion Research Can’t Be Ignored Chapter Four: It’s Time to Take Adult Egos Out of Youth Sports Chapter Five: College Sports: Where Do We Go From Here? Chapter Six: PE and Sports for All Students Chapter Seven: Sports World Needs More Humanistic Coaches Chapter Eight: Clear Actions Need to Be Taken to Ensure Equal Opportunity in Sports for All Americans Chapter Nine: It’s Time to Establish a National Sports CommissionChapter Ten: Sports Media is Dropping the Ball on Social, Cultural, andEconomic Issues in SportsChapter Eleven: Calling All Potential Sports ReformersAppendix: Action Plan and ResourcesAbout the Author About League of Fans
There is no more wonderful celebration of our humanity than athletics, whether it is walking our dogs, playing a pick-up softball game, or enjoying the NBA finals. Sports also bring people together and help us to end our conflicts. When we look at the world of big-money sports, we realize that we’ve lost ourselves somewhere. Thank you to Ken Reed for giving us directions back to what is essential in his book, How We Can Save Sports: A Game Plan.
How We Can Save Sports is an example of the kind of critical, action-oriented assessment of the sport sector we need more often if we are to build a sport world that is inclusive, participatory, and encourages more of us to stay active members for longer. The notions of PAAC and WAAC are solid places to begin our critique, even if our local circumstances and therefore action plans finish up looking quite different to Reed’s.