The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America
Gregg Easterbrook, author of the wildly popular ESPN.com column Tuesday Morning Quarterback takes on football's place in American society.
Gridiron football is the king of sports – it's the biggest game in the strongest and richest country in the world. Of the twenty most-watched television broadcasts ever, both in the United States and internationally, all twenty were Super Bowls. In The King of Sports, Easterbrook tells the full story of how football became so deeply ingrained in American culture. Both good and bad, he examines its impact on American society at all levels of the game.
The King of Sports explores these and many other topics:
* The real harm done by concussions (it's not to NFL players).
* The hidden scandal of the NFL (it's worse than you think).
Using his year-long exclusive insider access to the Virginia Tech football program, where Frank Beamer has compiled the most victories of any active NFL or major-college head coach while also graduating players, Easterbrook shows how one big university "does football right." Then he reports on what's wrong with football at the youth, high school, college and professional levels. Easterbrook holds up examples of coaches and programs who put the athletes first and still win; he presents solutions to these issues and many more, showing a clear path forward for the sport as a whole. Rich with reporting details from interviews with current and former college and pro football players and coaches, The King of Sports promises to be the most provocative and best-read sports book of the year.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dougcornelius - LibraryThing
With the Patriots' heart-stopping win in the Super Bowl to close the season, there are now seven months until there is a meaningful NFL game. I curled up with the latest book by the author of ESPN.com ... Read full review
The King of Sports: Football's Impact on AmericaUser Review - John Maxymuk - Book Verdict
Journalist Easterbrook (The Leading Indicators; The Progress Paradox) may be best known for his "Tuesday Morning Quarterback" column at ESPN.com, where he mixes in many nonfootball-related opinions ... Read full review