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NFL Football: A History of America's New National Pastime [Format Kindle]

Richard C. Crepeau

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This wide-ranging history synthesizes scholarship and media sources to give the reader an inside view of the television contracts, labor issues, and other off-the-field forces that shaped the National Football League. Historian Richard Crepeau shows how Commissioner Pete Rozelle's steady leadership guided the league's explosive growth during the era of Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl's transformation into a mid-winter spectacle. Crepeau also delves into the league's masterful exploitation of media from radio to the internet, its ability to get taxpayers to subsidize team stadiums, and its success in delivering an outlet for experiencing vicarious violence to a public uneasy over the changing rules of masculinity. Probing and learned, NFL Football tells an epic American success story peopled by larger-than-life figures and driven by ambition, money, sweat, and dizzying social and technological changes.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1930 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 263 pages
  • Editeur : University of Illinois Press; Édition : 1st Edition (1 août 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book on non-football issues of the NFL 8 septembre 2014
Par LSmith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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4  of 5 stars (excellent)

There is no doubt that professional football is the most popular sport in America now and the National Football League is one of the most successful enterprises in the world. How the sport and the league arrived to this point is chronicled in this well-researched and well-written book by Richard C. Crepeau. It is a wide ranging book that covers mostly the business of the league and related topics such as media coverage and labor relations.

The book mentions very little about the game itself. It could be considered more of a business book, but in a historical context. The references for the author’s research are both from academic and media sources, which leads to very interesting writing. It is mostly serious, but Crepeau shows some humor as well. One of my favorite passages in the entire book is near the end in the chapter about how the Super Bowl has turned into a national holiday. When talking about the ever-growing popularity and hype of the event, he states that “there are only two things that can stop it: a massive economic collapse or a hysterical wave of sanity sweeping the country.”

Crepeau is careful not to show opinions in the book, but he does make clear the strengths and weaknesses of the league’s commissioners during the period of exponential growth of the league, which is considered to be roughly the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st century as well. The passages on labor relations under Pete Rozelle, during which there were three player strikes, and Roger Goddell, under whom there was a lockout in 2011, were especially balanced. This was true not only about praise or criticism of the leadership, but also in the writing style. Crepeau wrote about this and other business matters in a way that the average fan who does not deal with business language would understand, but advanced enough so that those readers who do work in this field would not consider it too simple.

No topic related to the business of the NFL is ignored. Franchise relocation, drug testing for both illegal substances and performance-enhancing drugs, pension benefits, and post-concussion health problems are all addressed in the book. The sheer amount of topics that are covered in depth make this book worth reading for anyone interested in the business side of the NFL. Crepeau’s work makes that topic that sounds boring a very good read for football fans.

Did I skim?
No as the book shows the fascinating history of the league, especially off the field as both a business and as an enterprise.

Pace of the book:
It took awhile to get through the book. It is not one that can be read quickly. Reading it slowly and methodically is best to understand all the intricacies of the league.

Do I recommend?
There are so many different aspects of the NFL that are covered, especially since the 1960’s, that any football fan should be able to enjoy the book. This is especially true for those readers who enjoy reading about non-football issues with the league.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Insightful, entertaining, historical account of the NFL - a must read! 16 novembre 2014
Par Ray Oyler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this insightful history of the NFL, well written in an interesting, conversational style that both educates and entertains the reader. The author traces the media's impact on the League over the years, from the early days of radio to television to the Internet, and how this evolution has affected the growing popularity and support of professional football. The insights Crepeau provides on the personalities that helped shape the NFL over the years are of particular interest, from Paul Brown to Pete Rozelle, Jim Thorpe to Jerry Jones, Joe Namath and Vince Lombardi....the author makes these characters come alive. I expected a narrative of facts and figures but found this book is much more. If you're a football junkie, you will love this book. If you're not, you will become one. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who loves a good story, and the history of the NFL is really a good story told by an excellent storyteller..
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Concise history of Football 22 octobre 2015
Par Mary H. Holen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am no real sports fan but wanted a book that would give me a clear understanding of the NFL.
The book is just the ticket---a true history of football and exactly what I was looking for.
I'm now able to converse with my die-hard Viking friends and family!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 1st class 11 juillet 2015
Par Lonnie Thomas Hirth - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I believe I already gave feedback, but as I said before 1st class. The book was almost like getting it new.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 For the football fan(atic)! 29 octobre 2015
Par Michael A. Brooks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Interesting insights into a large wedge of our culture.
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