ATHLETES AND PROTESTS
Athletes have always had a voice, yet sports spectators don't always want to hear them. Over the past four seasons, NFL players have taken a knee or linked arms in solidarity in the hopes of calling attention to police brutality. Things have changed since the George Floyd death which would have been unimaginable in April 2020 including an NFL apology and a team changing its name.
However, there is a long history of athletes taking a stand and using the playing field as a public stage. In 1936 Jesse Owens went to the Berlin Olympics, much to the chagrin of Hitler. In 1965, 21 African American players boycotted the AFL All-Star game in New Orleans because of draconian Jim Crow laws. Muhammad Ali refused to enter the military because he was against the Vietnam War, and much more. Sports historian and author Evan Weiner will talk about the rich history of sports protests, with a special concentration on the 1960s through today.
Evan Weiner is a sports journalist/commentator known for his columns about the business and politics of sports. Weiner has been a contributing columnist for Newsday, the New York Sun, the Orlando Sentinel, Metro Philadelphia, Metro New York and the Washington Examiner. He was a re-occurring guest on “Politics Live” with Sam Donaldson. Weiner also lectures at colleges and universities about the business and politics of sports, including the globalization of North American sports and how technology is changing sports. His book, The Business and Politics of Sports, has been critically acclaimed by academic journals and is used as part of a number of sports business management courses at schools throughout the United States.
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