The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire

The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire

by John Eisenberg

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465048700
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 8,000
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

John Eisenberg is the author of nine previous books, including That First Season and Ten-Gallon War, and a former sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun. He also has written for Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian Magazine. Eisenberg lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1

1 Halas: The Founder 11

2 Mara: The Promoter 31

3 Marshall: The Showman 49

4 Bell: The Profligate Son 56

5 Rooney: The Gambler 70

Part 2

6 Almost Broke 81

7 New Ideas 94

8 Benny and the Giants 104

9 Instituting a Draft 117

10 Betting Bonanza 128

11 Move to DC 139

Part 3

12 Brotherhood of Rivals 155

13 A Step Forward 166

14 The Greatest Rout 176

15 Same Old Pirates 188

16 Political Winds 200

17 Dog Meat 209

18 Two Wars 222

19 The Right Guy in Charge 235

Part 4

20 Back Across the Color Line 249

21 Scandal 263

22 Everyone Loses 276

23 The Little Black Box 289

24 All-White Redskins 301

25 Forty Million Viewers 314

Epilogue 327

Acknowledgments 341

Note on Sources 343

Index 375

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