by Richard C. Crepeau
University of Illinois Press, 2020
Paper: 978-0-252-08550-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04358-1 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05246-0
Library of Congress Classification GV955.5.N35C74 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.3326406

The new NFL Centennial Edition

A multi-billion-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.
The 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 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;
  • 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.