NFL Football

A History of America's New National Pastime
Author: Richard C. Crepeau
The evolution of an American passion
Cloth – $125
978-0-252-04358-1
Paper – $19.95
978-0-252-08550-5
eBook – $14.95
978-0-252-05246-0
Publication Date
Paperback: 09/14/2020
Cloth: 09/14/2020
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About the Book

A multibillion-dollar entertainment empire, the National Football League is a coast-to-coast obsession that borders on religion and dominates our sports-mad culture. But today's NFL also provides a stage for playing out important issues roiling American society.

This updated and expanded edition of NFL Football observes the league's centennial by following the NFL into the twenty-first century, where off-the-field concerns compete with touchdowns and goal line stands for headlines. Richard C. Crepeau delves into the history of the league and breaks down the new era with an in-depth look at the controversies and dramas swirling around pro football today:

  • Tensions between players and Commissioner Roger Goodell over collusion, drug policies, and revenue, including analysis of the 2020 collective bargaining agreement

  • The firestorm surrounding Colin Kaepernick and protests of police violence and inequality

  • Andrew Luck and others choosing early retirement over the threat to their long-term health

  • Paul Tagliabue's role in covering up information on concussions

  • The Super Bowl's evolution into a national holiday

Authoritative and up to the minute, NFL Football continues the epic American success story.

About the Author

Richard C. Crepeau is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Central Florida and former president of the North American Society for Sports History. He is the author of Baseball: America's Diamond Mind, 1919–1941.