The League: How Five Rivals Created The Nfl And Launched A Sports Empire
ISBN: 1541618645
EAN13: 9781541618640
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 1, 2019
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 5" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

The epic tale of the five owners who shepherded the NFL through its tumultuous early decades and built the most popular sport in America
The National Football League is a towering, distinctly American colossus spewing out $14 billion in annual revenue. But it was not always a success. In The League, John Eisenberg focuses on the pioneering sportsmen who kept the league alive in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, when its challenges were many and its survival was not guaranteed. At the time, college football, baseball, boxing, and horseracing dominated America's sports scene. Art Rooney, George Halas, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, and Bert Bell believed in pro football when few others did and ultimately succeeded only because at critical junctures each sacrificed the short-term success of his team for the longer-term good of the league.
At once a history of a sport and a remarkable story of business ingenuity, The League is an essential read for any fan of our true national pastime.

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   New history unvailed of the NFL
Interesting new information about the wheeling and dealing of the five, he said. Key decisions and the struggle of the five main franchises are very interesting. A must read for all NFL fans and sportsperson interested in a great sports story.
   Tales of a new sport
A great book for football fans of all ages and genders. The book tells the stories of a new sport - professional football - and of its early days in the trenches of financial ruin. Most important are the stories of the persistent men who kept it alive and brought it back off life support, becoming the American pasttime.
A fun and interesting read-out of the humble beginnings of the National Football League and the five men who led the charge to create the game of football. We often hear of the Halas', Maras and Rooneys but what I found enlightening was the pivotal role that the original owner of the WFT, Robert Kraft, played in the development of the game of football. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the origins of the NFL.
   A solid look at the growth of the NFL.
Through five owners - George Halas, Bob Crane, Bill Parcells, and John Mara -- the league traces the early days of the game of football through five players who made the game what it is today. If you've read John Eisenberg's books, you know he's a talented writer. If you haven't read him before, he's a very talented writer. It's a book that stands in a class by itself.
   Good Look At The Fledgeling NFL
History aside, this was a good read, showcasing the development of the early days of the NFL and how close it was to a thing it was. The book was enough that I kept wanting to read more, and it highlighted the personalities and workings of the sport's founding fathers. If I had any complaint, it was that the book seemed a tad anti-climatic in that it tends to leave off at a date when the characters featured in the book begin to leave the forefront. As well as the book detailing its scope, I was hoping it would have covered the emergence of the AFL leading up to the merger, which would have been compelling, Mr Hughes said.
   Great Read!
John Eisenberg does a great job of telling the early history of the NFL through the story of five of the founding members, Don Shula, Bob Hayes, Paul Brown and Eddie DeBartolo. It was an enjoyable read, Morgenthau said. Gives you great insight into how the NFL has evolved into a multi-billion dollar business. But as Eisenberg shows us the Rivals did not have an easy time getting kicked off the field. Eisenberg did a great job, Mr. D'Antonio said.
   For Business and Sports Fans
I saw this book reviewed in the Wall Street Journal just before Christmas, and bought it for my youngest son, who is a football fan. It's really about the business and formation of the league and not so much about the sport or teams, he said. Very well written and informative, and thought provoking, too. Five guys created the space.
   The True NFL Fan Will Love this Book
It would be helpful if the current Commissioner would read it and realize the legacy he has been given to protect and enhance, he said. It would also be helpful if the current billionaire owners would read it and appreciate what it took to get what they have today, Mr. Rule told the inquiry.
   Great book
It's great to hear people say, "I really enjoyed the story by Eisenberg." It really does tell with amazing insight the story of the fledgling league that barely survived and how the owners helped and supported each other, where they came from, their sordid pasts or aliases. I never had a clue about the game of football, much less the entire Pats organization. It's great to hear from a Pro Bowl player like Andre Iguodala about how it can improve the game of football.
   A Must For NFL History Buffs
This is the third book by Eisenberg that I've read regarding NFL history and this is easily the best. The way he weaved the story of the founding and survival of the NFL through the perspective of these five guys was very entertaining. If you're a sports fan, this book is for you.