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Questions and Answers with Leading Sports Reformers

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Tom McMillen was a three-time All-American basketball player at the University of Maryland. He then was a Rhodes Scholar and played professional basketball in Europe for a year before embarking on an 11-season career in the National Basketball Association.

He retired in 1986 to begin a political career. He represented the 4th congressional district of Maryland from January 1987 to January 1993. He then began pursuing various business ventures.

McMillen has been involved with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports — now called the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition — in various capacities since 1970. On March 22, 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the inaugural Board of Directors of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

McMillen also has served on the Knight Foundation’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, which investigates abuses within college sports. He is the author of Out of Bounds, a critical look at the impact of greed and unethical behavior in the world of sports. In 1988, he was inducted into the GTE Academic All-American Hall of Fame as a charter member.

Currently, Mr. McMillen serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Timios National Corporation, a real estate services company, as well as continuing to serve on the board of directors for the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. He is also a director of RCS Capital, a publicly traded investment bank and broker-dealer, and serves on the advisory board of Clean Energy Systems, a clean coal technology firm.
Ken Reed, League of Fans’ sports policy director, recently interviewed McMillen.

Ken Reed: Tom, despite your success in politics and business, a lot of people still remember you primarily as a great basketball player. What is your top takeaway from your basketball career?

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