The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America

By Gregg Easterbrook

Gregg Easterbrook, writer of the wildly well known ESPN.com column Tuesday Morning Quarterback takes on football's position in American society.

Gridiron soccer is the king of activities – it is the greatest video game within the most powerful and richest state on this planet. Of the twenty most-watched tv publicizes ever, either within the usa and the world over, all twenty have been large Bowls. In The King of Sports, Easterbrook tells the complete tale of ways soccer grew to become so deeply ingrained in American tradition. either reliable and undesirable, he examines its influence on American society in any respect degrees of the game.

The King of Sports explores those and plenty of different topics:

* the genuine damage performed through concussions (it's to not NFL players).
* the genuine method during which collage soccer gamers are exploited (it's no longer through no longer being paid).
* the best way soccer is helping American schools (it's now not bowl profit) and American towns (it's no longer large Bowl wins).
* What occurs to avid gamers who're used up and thrown away (it's now not pretty).

* The hidden scandal of the NFL (it's worse than you think).

Using his year-long specific insider entry to the Virginia Tech soccer application, the place Frank Beamer has compiled the main victories of any lively NFL or major-college head trainer whereas additionally graduating avid gamers, Easterbrook indicates how one gigantic college "does soccer right." Then he stories on what is wrong with soccer on the formative years, highschool, collage degrees. Easterbrook holds up examples of coaches and courses who placed the athletes first and nonetheless win; he offers strategies to those concerns and plenty of extra, exhibiting a transparent direction ahead for the game as an entire. wealthy with reporting information from interviews with present and previous university and seasoned soccer avid gamers and coaches, The King of Sports supplies to be the main provocative and best-read activities booklet of the year.

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