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The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America

by Gregg Easterbrook

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This book made me soooo angry. The NFL pays no taxes because it is an educational institution? You gotta be kidding! ( )
  LaurelPoe | Dec 25, 2017 |
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's Tuesday Morning Quarterback. Mr. Easterbrook tackles the great things and bad things about football through the lens of Virginia Tech's college football team. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 125001171X, Hardcover)

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 real way in which college football players are exploited (it's not by not being paid).
 *  The way football helps American colleges (it's not bowl revenue) and American cities (it’s not Super Bowl wins).
 *  What happens to players who are used up and thrown away (it’s not pretty).

 *  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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:13 -0400)

"Gregg Easterbrook is one of the country's best-known football commentators, having analyzed football on-air for ESPN and the NFL Network. MSNBC calls his ESPN blog "the best and most compelling football column anywhere." The King of Sports takes an expansive look at our biggest sport. Easterbrook explores these and many other topics: The real harm done by concussions (It's not to NFL players) The real way in which college football players are exploited (It's not by not being paid) The reason football helps American colleges to be great institutions (It's not bowl revenue.) The way football has aided the revival of American cities (It's not Super Bowl trophies) The hidden scandal of the NFL (You'll have to read the book) 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 college head coach, Easterbrook shows how VT does things right. Then he reports on all the things wrong with football and moves to examples of how the sport can be reformed to keep it just as popular and exciting, but not as notorious. 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"--… (more)

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