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Rozelle by Jeff Davis

The definitive biography of the powerful commissioner who masterminded the Super Bowl and changed professional sports forever

Pete Rozelle built a sports empire. He invented the Super Bowl, tripled the size of the NFL, and turned football into a billion-dollar business. Before he came along, Monday was just another weeknight. Rozelle was the archetype of the modern sports commissioner and one of Time magazine’s 100 most important people of the 20th century.

In Rozelle, critically acclaimed biographer Jeff Davis goes deep into the extraordinary life of this legendary figure. Showcasing exclusive interviews with more than a hundred of Rozelle’s family members, colleagues, admirers, and detractors, Davis weaves a compelling narrative fabric that masterfully spans Rozelle’s life from childhood through his days as an executive with the L. A. Rams, to his triumphs as commissioner of the NFL and his everlasting impact on the American way of sport.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071593526
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 08/20/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jeff Davis is a lifelong Chicagoan and career journalist. He has covered network and local news and sports for more than three decades as a writer, television producer, and reporter. His work has earned numerous honors including five Emmys, plus AP and UPI awards for reporting and documentary production. He is the author of Papa Bear, the acclaimed bestselling biography of Chicago Bears coach and owner George Halas.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ernie Accorsi

Chapter 1: I Come To You With Clean Hands

Chapter 2: The Golden Boy From Golden State

Chapter 3: Glamour, Glitter, and Grit. The Education of a Young Man

Chapter 4: To The Olympics and Back

Chapter 5: 1958-59 The Game has Arrived

Chapter 6: New Kids on the Block

Chapter 7: The Torch is Passed

Chapter 8: 1961-62--Building a Modern NFL

Chapter 9: NFL Films

Chapter 10: 1963 - The Crucible

Chapter 11: The Irreconcilable Decision

Chapter 12: Thelma and Annie

Chapter 13: License to Print Money - NFL Properties

Chapter 14: The Arms Race - Upping the TV Ante

Chapter 15: Exit the Air Ace, Enter the Genius

Chapter 16: Who Do you Trust? Or Let’s Make a Deal

Chapter 17: The Not So Super Bowl

Chapter 18: Heidi

Chapter 19: Joe Willie Guarantees Victory - and Trouble

Chapter 20: Turn on the Lights, the Party’s Started!

Chapter 21: Carrie

Chapter 22: Mr. Garvey’s Restless Workers

Chapter 23: Rozelle Rule Gets a Reprieve

Chapter 24: Just Win Baby and the Silent Autumn of 1982

Chapter 25: USFL or USLSS?

Chapter 26: Strike Three, but not Out

Chapter 27: Time to Smell the Roses

Chapter 28: The Sunset Years

Chapter 29: From Rozelle to Tagliabue to Goodell

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