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Author Crepeau, Richard C., 1941- author

Title NFL football : a history of America's new national pastime / Richard C. Crepeau
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 256 pages) : illustrations
Series Sport and society
Sport and society.
Contents 1. The formative years. First pros ; Depression and war ; The NFL comes of age -- 2. The Rozelle era. Moving to center stage ; A troubled decade ; The perfect television game ; The cartel ; Unraveling ; Labor conflict -- 3. The new NFL. A new era ; Defending the shield ; Super Sunday
Summary "The National Football League was founded in 1920 as the American Football Association. At first is struggled in the shadow of baseball as a vaguely disreputable professional sport, and had trouble competing for athletes and fans. Through a series of mergers, moves between cities, and the advent of television, the NFL gradually grew into one of the nation's most successful professional sports, with cities competing for franchises, and networks competing for broadcast rights. Its stars became national celebrities and its championship game became an annual extravaganza. The highly respected sports historian Richard Crepeau will write a history of the NFL from its hardluck origins to its current glory. He will deal not only with the great teams, great games, and great rivalries, but also with the place of NFL within American culture"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-244) and index
Notes Online resource; title from e-book title screen (JSTOR platform, viewed October 19, 2016)
Subject National Football League -- History.
Football -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0252096533 (electronic bk.)
1306980984 (electronic bk.)
9780252096532 (electronic bk.)
9781306980982 (electronic bk.)