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Author Crepeau, Richard C., 1941- author.

Title NFL football : a history of America's new national pastime / Richard C. Crepeau
Edition NFL Centennial edition
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 298 pages) : illustrations
Series Sport and society
Sport and society.
Contents I: The formative years -- The first pros -- Depression and war -- The NFL comes to age -- II: The Rozelle era -- Moving to center stage -- A troubled decade -- The perfect TV game -- The cartel -- Unraveling -- Labor conflict -- III: The new NFL -- A new era -- New challenges -- The money tree -- Super Sunday -- Postscript. <br>
Summary "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 C. 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. In this new edition to mark the 100th anniversary of the NFL, Crepeau takes the narrative well into the 21st century. He investigates the intense debate and emotion surrounding Colin Kaepernick, reconsiders Paul Tagliabue's time as commissioner and his role in covering up early information on concussions, and expands his coverage of Roger Goodell emphasizing his relationship with the players"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 21, 2020)
Subject National Football League -- History
National Football League.
Football -- United States -- History.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020006538
ISBN 0252052463