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The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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“The King of Sports is a fantastic book” ―Chuck Todd
“Read this book with a highlighter in hand. It is the most significant book you will ever read on football.” ―Brian Kenny, former anchor, SportsCenter
“I've long admired Gregg Easterbrook's writing. Now I admire his conscience. The King of Sports is an important book for football America.” ―Peter King, senior writer, Sports Illustrated
“The King of Sports provides a vivid, authoritative, insightful and above all provocative account of the role of football in American life.” ―Michael Mandelbaum, author of The Meaning of Sports
“The King of Sports is a must-read for all of us who love the game of football.” ―Aaron Schatz, editor-in-chief, Football Outsiders.com
“[Easterbrook] delivers hits more devastating than the most ferocious, head-hunting linebacker…. [he] does it again, again and again in The King of Sports, a startling and disturbing new book that takes aim at hypocrisy in the National Football League and big money college football.” ―Buffalo News
“Provocative and thoughtful.” ―Tampa Bay Times
“College and professional football generates billions of dollars annually in revenue. Easterbrook, the author of ESPN's popular column Tuesday Morning Quarterback, looks beyond the dollar signs, examining many of the sport's darker issues… A valuable analysis that will significantly alter the ways that readers view football.” ―Booklist
“Easterbrook presents muchto consider and discuss in his diagnosis and treatment plan, which should be of interest to a broad audience.” ―Library Journal, starred review
“No matter how you feel about football's issues, The King of Sports offers plenty to think about. It's a blitz of sports and cultural perspective well worth any fan's time.” ―Creative Loafing Charlotte
“One of the Web's surprise cult hits.” ―The New York Times on Tuesday Morning Quarterback
“Hilarious entertainment . . . Tuesday Morning Quarterback has pretty much locked up the genre of humorous football poetry.” ―National Public Radio, "All Things Considered"
“Trenchant analysis, wrenching case studies, Utopian recommendations.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Tuesday Morning Quarterback
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Top Customer Reviews
The author, Gregg Easterbrook, who has written for years for publications like The Atlantic and ESPN.com is certainly a fan of the game, and loves how athletics, properly used, are tools for character development, self discipline, exposing especially the young to a wider world, and for being one of the few outlets commonly accepted today that brings a real sense of civic cohesion. He has been a youth coach and active participate in the college recruiting process as well. So he does have not only the observational skills of a journalist, but the ability to understand how the game works on the inside.
I am largely sympathetic with Easterbrook's main points: football has become an unhealthy obsession in the nation, and we are taking massive risks with health and safety of youth, twisting educational opportunities into corrupt incentives for school pride and aggrandizement and abusing civic pride in professional sports into an excuse to pump an increasingly corrupt organization like the NFL. His most convicting comments, again largely in agreement with his main points, are from Super Bowl winning coach, Tong Dungy and a Virginia Tech player.Read more ›
All the while we exploit our college athletes. Only about half graduate with a college degree. Only one in a hundred from college go to NFL. Five years after playing NFL, most players are broke. They don't get guaranteed contracts. Repetitive head injuries lead to brain damage, suicidal depression, ALS disease and a host of other disorders.
Additionally, college and NFL players, huge with inflated weight increases from a generation ago, influence the American youth to "bulk up," which leads to obesity. And then there are the pain killers and PEDs, which are sought out by our youth, many of whom are trying to be recruited as young as twelve years old.
This sick symbiotic relationship between a multi-billion-dollar industry and the viewing addicts is held under a microscope in writing that is accessible, fair-minded, well researched and moves along at a brisk pace in spite of all the valuable statistics Easterbrook relies on to support his points. Highly recommended.
Dedicated football fans and sports historians will find little new in this book beyond some of the amazing statistics Easterbrook has amassed to support his positions. Indeed, it reads as an amalgamation of ills and evils reflected in modern day football at all levels. But casual fans and outside observers may be shocked by these revelations that fall one after the other in "The King Of Sports". The avaricious team owners who use a clueless and willing Congress to further not only the direction of the game but also to secure tax-payer subsidies and outright "gifts" to build enormously expensive stadia wherein these same taxpayers can be charged onerous prices to attend while also subsidizing maintenance. The exploitation of college football players, particularly African Americans, while ignoring the true meaning of a college education. The devastating injuries and career ending concussions coupled with the fact that colleges provide no long term insurance support for injured players.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was recommended by a friend. I was intrigued at first then quickly got bored. So much of what the author points out about football could be said of most major businesses... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian Ahearn
A bit too pro Virginia Tech...not just a bit...way too pro Virginia tech. I agree with many of the arguments by the author, though, and the book is necessary so we can demand... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Derrick C. Hiebert-Flamm
Gregg Easterbrook' book is about college and professional football, what’s wrong with it, how to fix it, and how the cynical big money games work with the NCAA and NFL. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William H. Casola
People who watch football (the USA version) should read this book.
It is not an effort to ruin the sport for the fans but rather to show them
that yes football is a great... Read more
If you love College Football the way I do then you need to read this book to understand how the powers that are raking in the millions are killing this sport. Read morePublished 10 months ago by VTMark
Not a football fan. At all. Read this book as it was someone lent it to my husband, and it was sitting around the house. I was intrigued, then I could not put it down. Read morePublished 10 months ago by V. C.
A good and interesting read. The author did an overkill with his opinions. I especially enjoyed his coverage of Virginia Tech.Published 13 months ago by James F. Johnson
Great read, good writer and useful ideas. A few typos through the book though. Overall, a very good read.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer