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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
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.
The author shared some interesting insights and stats but then goes on and on with more so the punch of the original points are lost.
I also thought he made several leaps of faith. For example, he tried to make the point that more women are in college than men because things like football and video games distract from grades. That was a stretch.
After a while I felt like I was being preached too about kids, taxpayers and the public being taken advantage of. But let's never forget that playing and watching football are choices and nothing like banking or government scandals that have a much bigger impact on society.
I can't recommend you spending your time or money on this book.
I love football. I played D1 Power 5 college football in the 80's and until I read this book I was not ashamed of my sport; I am now and hope that there is something that I can personnally do before it collapses on itself.
If you are a fan, you need to read this book. If you are not a fan, you need to read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everyone with basic knowledge of college football knows that those kids are there to play football, not to receive an education. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm familiar with Gregg Easterbrook from his extreme bias against the New England Patriots and the numerous horrible columns he wrote about them during the "Spygate"... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian Shea
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 8 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 8 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
Not a football fan. At all. Read this book as 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 16 months ago by BlueMule
A good and interesting read. The author did an overkill with his opinions. I especially enjoyed his coverage of Virginia Tech.Published 18 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 18 months ago by Amazon Customer