21 episodes

Sports Forum is an ongoing discussion about current sports issues. The host is League of Fans' sports policy director Ken Reed. 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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ken-reed/support

League of Fans' Sports Forum Ken Reed

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Sports Forum is an ongoing discussion about current sports issues. The host is League of Fans' sports policy director Ken Reed. 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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ken-reed/support

    Chatting About a Broken Game With Baseball Writer Pedro Moura

    Chatting About a Broken Game With Baseball Writer Pedro Moura

    Pedro Moura is a national baseball writer for Fox Sports.  He previously covered the Los Angeles Dodgers for The Athletic.  His new book is titled "How to Beat a Broken Game: The Rise of the Dodgers in a League on the Brink."  During this podcast episode, we'll discuss how and why the game of baseball is broken, what factors caused it, and offer a few thoughts on how to "fix" a great game.  The focus will be on analytics; the good and bad.  Analytics have not only infiltrated the game of baseball, to a large degree they have taken over the sport.  Analytics have been good for baseball operations people in terms of providing evaluation and strategy development tools.  On the other hand, they've been bad for business operations people because they've lessened the fan experience and hurt the game as an entertainment product.  As an industry, baseball is challenged today to find ways to balance the positive impact of analytics as a strategic baseball tool with the negative impact they have had on fan enjoyment.  


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    • 38 min
    Coaching Youth and High School Sports Based On What's Best for the Athlete's Holistic Development

    Coaching Youth and High School Sports Based On What's Best for the Athlete's Holistic Development

    In this episode we chat with long-time youth, high school and college basketball coach Jim Huber.  Jim is Director of Coach & Curriculum Development for Breakthrough Basketball (breakthroughbasketball.com).  He's won many championships as a coach and developed over 50 collegiate players and 10 professional players.  But more importantly, he has focused on impacting the lives of his players by developing life skills and character through sport.  Jim takes a holistic approach to coaching and discusses the importance of moving beyond the physical and positively addressing the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the young athletes he coaches.  We start off with a discussion of the dangers of early sport specialization.


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    • 54 min
    Capturing the Spirit of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League with Anika Orrock

    Capturing the Spirit of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League with Anika Orrock

    This week's guest is Anika Orrock, author and illustrator of "The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League."

    For many, the AAGPBL was brought to light by the movie "A League of Their Own," directed by Penny Marshall and starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna.  "A League of Their Own" was entertaining, funny and told the story of an important moment in female sports history in this country.  The movie was a box office success, becoming the highest grossing baseball movie of all-time.  But that's Hollywood, the true story of the AAGPBL is equally as fascinating as the movie, and Orrock's wonderful book truly captures the spirit of the pioneering ladies who played baseball in this league.

    Our conversation ranges from a discussion of the hoops these ladies had to jump through in order to play the game they loved, including having to attend charm school, take beauty lessons and where skirts while playing, to a chat about the long-term impact and legacy of the AAGPFL women when it comes to advancing sports opportunities for girls and women.

    Those who like baseball and inspiring stories about underdogs in sports should enjoy listening to Orrock's tales of the AAGPBL.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Talking About the 50th Anniversary of Title IX and the Lia Thomas Controversy with Nancy Hogshead-Makar

    Talking About the 50th Anniversary of Title IX and the Lia Thomas Controversy with Nancy Hogshead-Makar

    On June 23, 2022, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark federal civil rights legislation which prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or other education program that receives funding from the federal government. We'll talk about the progress female athletes have made since Title IX's passage but also the hurdles that remain before we arrive at true equal opportunity for both genders in sports in the United States.

    We then move into a provocative discussion about the controversy surrounding transgender female swimmer Lia Thomas.  Thomas has made the transition from biological male to transgender female and is a member of the University of Pennsylvania's women's swimming team.  Since making her transition, Thomas has dominated women's swimming events.  Some of her teammates have complained that she has unfair physical advantages -- derived from going through male puberty -- and that she's taking a roster spot for Ivy League and NCAA swim meets that should go to a biological female.  The issue has spurred passionate debate on both sides.  We talk with Nancy about the need for everyone involved to act in good will in order to find a "middle way" solution that is both fair and inclusive.


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Talking Sports With Legendary New York Times Sports Columnist Robert Lipsyte

    Talking Sports With Legendary New York Times Sports Columnist Robert Lipsyte

    Robert Lipsyte was a long-time sports reporter and columnist for the New York Times.  He later served as the ombudsman for ESPN and is the author of more than 20 books.  One of Lipsyte's best-selling teen-age novels, "One Fat Summer," was recently made into a film with Donald Sutherland called "Measure of a Man."

    We chat about Lipsyte's amazing career and some of the athletes he covered and got to know well, like Muhammad Ali, as well as his relationships with fellow sports journalists like Bob Costas and Howard Cosell.  We also dig into a wide variety of sports issues, from the new NIL era in college sports, to football and brain trauma, to pro sports involvement in China, to the increased attention given to the mental health of athletes in recent years.


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Andrew Maraniss: Outstanding Author of Books That Focus On the Intersection of Sports, History and Social Justice

    Andrew Maraniss: Outstanding Author of Books That Focus On the Intersection of Sports, History and Social Justice

    Andrew Maraniss is a great storyteller.  He writes sports books but not your stereotypical odes to star athletes.  His books, while easy to read, have depth.  They educate you and make you think about various socio-cultural issues, from a historical perspective as well as how they continue to impact society today.

    His first book, "Strong Inside," was a biography of Perry Wallace, the first Black basketball player in the SEC.  His second book, "Games of Deception," is the story of the first U.S. men's basketball team at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.  His most recent book, "Singled Out," is a biography of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay Major League Baseball player and inventor of the high five.  It was recently named one of the 100 Best Baseball Books Ever Written by Esquire Magazine.

    In this episode, we chat about all three books, including interesting stories he came across in putting each book together, but we focus on "Singled Out" and Glenn Burke's life before, during, and after his MLB career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's.  

    I think you'll enjoy listening to Maraniss, a good guy with some important stories to share.


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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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GoldenCO-T ,

Wow! That’s important!!!

Thank you Ken Reed… What an important discussion, I’ve only just listened to the first of your podcasts, but I definitely wanna hear more!

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