Long Bomb: How the XFL Became TV's Biggest Fiasco

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Crown Publishers, 2002 - Performing Arts - 254 pages
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From the perspective of the league's Las Vegas franchise, the Outlaws, author Brett Forrest tells the real inside story of the XFL. And what he uncovers is an amazing tale of greed, moxie, high hopes, downright stupidity, and outlandish egos. He offers revealing profiles of all the key characters: the WWF's flamboyant Vince McMahon and the NFL-deprived Dick Ebersol of NBC, the masterminds of the enterprise, along with broadcasters and celebrities like Dick Butkus and Jesse Ventura, league officials, coaches, and, of course, the players, mostly guys who were chewed up and spit out by the NFL and were looking for a last chance to stay in the game.Long Bomb is about much more than football It is an examination of what we like to watch and why. Forrest gives a glimpse into the desperation at the heart of today's high-stakes media/business/sports crapshoot, and an MRI of one highly touted idea that had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.

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Looking for the perfect place to blow his book advance, BRETT FORREST packed up and moved to Las Vegas. His research on the XFL involved four months of close association with the Outlaws—shooting dice, drinking bourbon, and eventually getting tossed out of Diva’s. His articles have appeared in Spin, Salon, Details, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. This is his first book.

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