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Dr. Ken Reed is Sports Policy Director for the League of Fans. He is a long-time sports industry consultant, sports studies instructor, sports issues analyst, columnist and author.
Reed has long been a strong advocate for quality physical education and sports programs for all students, not just elite athletes. He created the Center for the Advancement of Physical Education (CAPE) for PE4life, a non-profit organization dedicated to making quality daily physical education available to all students, K-12. As director and senior policy analyst for CAPE, he developed numerous position papers, white papers, issue backgrounders, and op-ed columns. He is the author of PE4life’s “Blueprint for Change,” an overview of the benefits of physical education as well as an action plan for getting our children moving in order to improve wellness, learning and behavior.
A long-time sports marketing consultant, Reed has switched career directions and now utilizes his marketing and communications skills in a social marketing role for a variety of sports, fitness and education causes he believes strongly in. In addition, he delivers professional development seminars to educators on how physical education, sports, and other forms of physical activity can improve academic performance, decrease behavioral problems and enhance student wellness.
As a distance faculty member for the United States Sports Academy, Reed taught a variety of sports studies courses, including Contemporary Sports Issues, History of Sports, Sports Marketing, and Sports Sociology.
Reed also has served as an executive board member and faculty fellow for the National Institute for Sports Reform, as well as on the board of directors for Positive Coaching, a non-profit whose mission is to promote positive attitudes and behaviors in youth sports. In addition, Reed has served as an advisory board member for Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Sports Industry Operations program.
He has published a sports novel targeting girls, 10-14, called Sara’s Big Challenge. The book’s overarching theme is the importance of being true to yourself. He also has published a book on Phil Lawler, the “father of the new physical education,” entitled Game Changer: Phil Lawler’s Wellness-Based Physical Education. In addition, he has been a regular sports issues columnist for several sports magazines.
Reed holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver, a master’s degree from Colorado State University (concentration in athletic administration), and a doctorate in sport administration (emphasis sport policy) from the University of Northern Colorado. His doctoral dissertation was a sports policy case study and dealt with the unsavory aspects of the Major League Baseball expansion process. Reed lettered in baseball and basketball at the University of Denver and has worn many hats in the world of sports, including coach, sports official, scout, manager, and sports talk show host.
Denver Post feature on League of Fans’ Sports Policy Director Ken Reed: “Coloradan wants to be voice for fans to reform sports,” Sep. 11, 2011.Print
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League of Fans is a sports reform project founded by Ralph Nader to encourage social & civic responsibility in sports industry & culture. See League of Fans Core Principles
Petition from Baseball Fans Everywhere To Mariano Rivera
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League of Fans Announces 2012 “Sport At Its Best” Awards
December 20, 2011 Click here to read the news release and report on Ralph Nader's Call for Budding Sports Reformers
December 7, 2011 Click here to read the news release and report on Ralph Nader's Claim that Sports Media Are Dropping the Ball on Social, Cultural, and Economic Issues in Sports
November 22, 2011 Click here to read the news release and report on the campaign to Make the NCAA Live Up to Its Stated Purpose
October 26, 2011 Click here to read the news release and report on the campaign to create a National Sports Commission
October 11, 2011 Click here to read the news release and report on the campaign to Ensure Equal Opportunity in Sports for all Americans
September 21, 2011 Click here to read the news release and report on putting the "Youth" back into "Youth Sports"
September 8, 2011 Click here to read the news release and report on the campaign to abolish the BCS and Establish a College Football Playoff
August 25, 2011
Read the news release and report on Mandatory Implementation of King-Devick Concussion Test in High School and Youth Sports
August 11, 2011
Click here to read the report and news release and about the campaign to promote sports and physical education for all students
Read the news release and report on Campaign to Promote Humanistic Coaching Education Programs
July 13, 2011
Read the news release and report on the Push For Community Ownership in Professional Sports
June 24, 2011
Read the news release and report and Sports Manifesto on Re-Launch of League of Fans
March 24, 2011
NCAA's Reaction to League of Fans' Proposal
March 29, 2011
League of Fans' Response to NCAA
March 25, 2011
League of Fans Proposes Eliminating Athletic Scholarships to Help Restore Integrity on College Campuses
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