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Publisher's Summary

This wide-ranging history synthesizes scholarship and media sources to give the listener 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.
The book is published by University of Illinois Press.
©2014 the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"A solid resource for researchers and historians." ( Library Journal)
"A readable, engaging narrative history. Recommended." ( Choice)
"No understanding of the history of the NFL and its societal impact is complete without reading this book." (John A. Fortunato, author of Commissioner: The Legacy of Pete Rozelle)
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5 out of 5 stars
By JMKIII58 on 10-06-17

A wonderful telling

of the history of the National Football League. From its humble beginnings to the 800 pound gorilla sports. All is told of the highs and lows of the league. This book is a must read for all who want to know the histpry of league

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