Sideline Confidential: A Novel

Sideline Confidential: A Novel

by Brooke Bentley
Sideline Confidential: A Novel

Sideline Confidential: A Novel

by Brooke Bentley


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A young sports journalist soon learns the toughest hits occur off the field.

Fresh out of journalism school, Blake Kirk lands her dream job as a reporter for her hometown pro football team—the job sure to propel her to the sidelines on network television. But from the first day, double standards and old-school entitlement smack her with the intensity of a defensive line.

Blake’s boss, Johnny, keeps her sidelined with rules that make it hard for her to do her job. He blocks her from interviewing players in the locker room even though other journalists have access. He encourages her to go with coworkers to “bond,” knowing full well they’re taking her to a strip club. Worse still, Johnny may be the one leaving notes on her desk about how great she looks in pants.

Hit after hit, Blake forges on, determined to prove her worth to the team and her journalism peers. But in a world filled with boozy exploits and overblown egos, Blake finds her moral compass wavering after a celebrity tryst. Can Blake realign her professional priorities and expose Johnny’s bullying before her dream job does her in?

​Brooke Bentley is a former television anchor and award-winning sports reporter who graduated from the University of Southern California with a master's in journalism.  Through Sideline Confidential, she gives us a glimpse into the challenges women professionals face in the male-dominated world of pro sports.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798886450866
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 08/15/2023
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,096,837
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Brooke Bentley is a former television anchor and award-winning sports reporter. After graduating with a master's in journalism from the University of Southern California, she spent two years working for the Houston Texans as a media personality and over a decade working in sports journalism. Brooke now runs a Houston-based grassroots nonprofit, Homemade Hope, that provides culinary enrichment programs to at-risk youth. She and her husband are raising two young boys who dream of visiting outer space.

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"Sideline Confidential is more than a page-turner. It’s a jaw-dropper. Brooke Bentley perfectly captures not just what really goes on behind the scenes in pro sports, but what makes it doubly challenging for women."
—John Lopez, cohost of “In The Loop” on SportsRadio 610, coauthor of the Kerri Strug autobiography Landing on My Feet, and former sports columnist at the Houston Chronicle

“Intriguing and relatable from the start! Sideline Confidential authentically portrays the discrimination, bias, and obstacles faced by female reporters. This novel is a must-read for anyone who loves football and enjoys a riveting tale with all the excitement of a game day!”
—Allison Williams, national sports broadcaster and sideline reporter

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