The Aspen Institute Presents – SPORTS AND SOCIETY: MORE THAN A GAME

November 13, 2012

The Positive — and Negative Impact of Sports Today
November 20, on Public TV’s WORLD Channel

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 13, 2012 : Sports is no longer on the periphery of our society as a mere diversion, but an institution that both reflects and shapes our culture. On November 20, at 8:00pm ET, The Aspen Institute Presents — Sports and Society: More than a Game, dives deep into some of today’s most compelling sports-related topics:

A discussion on the cluster of issues around college sports and the larger role of sports and competition in society includes record-setting NFL running back Jim Brown, addressing the NFL’s changing attitude towards game injuries (, Oregon State University head basketball coach Craig Robinson, and ESPN Executive Vice President John Walsh.

NFL veteran Kevin Turner talks about how the violent impacts of football could be causing life-changing injuries. Turner was diagnosed with ALS in 2010, at about the same time as scientists began to believe that the concussions of contact sports were to blame for many traumas. The episode also includes a clip from American Man (, the documentary about Turner, and a discussion with Turner and filmmaker Jon Frankel.

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Sports and Society: More than a Game
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