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The King of Sports

Football's Impact on America
Easterbrook, Gregg (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"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"--
Authors: Easterbrook, Gregg
Title: The king of sports
football's impact on America
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 354 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "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"--
ISBN: 9781250011725
1250012600
9781250012609
125001171X
9781250011718
Statement of Responsibility: Gregg Easterbrook
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 330-339) and index
Subject Headings: SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports SPORTS & RECREATION / Football Football United States History
Topical Term: SPORTS & RECREATION Sociology of Sports
SPORTS & RECREATION Football
Football
LCCN: 2013023495
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Feb 13, 2014
  • sbryant124 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not a football fan, but this was an interesting, but poorly edited, read.

Oct 16, 2013
  • george0819 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you'e an NFL fan, root for a BCS-bound football playoff school, have a child, grandchild or nephew in youth football, you'll need 2 copies of this book ! One, to read over and over and the other you will have destroyed, having thrown it repeatedly against the wall, all the while picturing Mr. Easterbrook as your target. This book is guaranteed to make you do 2 things:make you think, and if you fall into any of the above categories...infuriate you ! Mr. Easterbrook "holds no punches" and there are no "sacred cows" in HIS football world. To start, he is clearly a lover of the game, to the point he's envisioning the game at least through 2096, and at Bowdoin, of all places. No, rest easy, BCS combatants, he's not espousing that revolutionary a change in America's leading sport. What Mr. Easterbrook has actually done is taken a grandfatherly, I have nothing to lose personally, I've been through the wars, look at a game he loves and respects, but which he fears, may have a "shelf-life". He takes the NFL to task for being less than honest and forthright on the severity of injuries, particularly to the brain. He also appears honest in his less than full blown support of NFL sponsored youth programs, as they foster full-year participation in football at the exclusion of other extra-curricular activities. In moderate defense of the NFL, with the reduction in physical activities, by children, any activities may be welcome. He most strenuously abraids the NFL for it's "Not for Profit" status and it's bogus attempt to appear to be a charity, when, in fact, average tax-payers fund billionaire owned stadia and the NFL protects licensing rights of activities performed on public property. BCS powerhouse fans and alums, you may need 3 copies. Nearly every element of "major college football" is reviewed, in detail, and some might observe, does not fare well under his harsh light of day. The entire college "collective" from school Presidents, to Head Coaches to Assistant Coaches, boosters and supporters at all levels are "investigated". One might take one of 2 views: if you're a BCS Bowl aspirant, you might look bad or you've got better ammunition against your arch-rival, who might look worse. After throwing one copy at Gregg, hypothetically, of course, you still have one to throw at them ! Mr. Easterbrook is particularly terse as applies to "graduation rates" or lack thereof, I'll leave the findings to the reader. He sharply balances the "this is a problem" in football, with "this is how and why things should run", utilizing Coach Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech, as his example, though other schools, he notes, fit the positive influence bill. Lastly, he ends the book with significant ideas on changing, or at least adjusting, the game he so clearly loves. If the idea of writing a book is to cause the reader to "think", this is clearly a 5-star success !! Oh, don't forget the "throw against the wall" edition when your NFL team and/or alma mater come up !!

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