NFL Football: A History of America's New National Pastime by Richard C. Crepeau

By Richard C. Crepeau

This wide-ranging historical past synthesizes scholarship and media assets to provide the reader an inside of view of the tv contracts, hard work matters, and different off-the-field forces that formed the nationwide soccer League. Historian Richard Crepeau exhibits how Commissioner Pete Rozelle's regular management guided the league's explosive progress throughout the period of Monday evening Football and the tremendous Bowl's transformation right into a mid-winter spectacle. Crepeau additionally delves into the league's masterful exploitation of media from radio to the web, its skill to get taxpayers to subsidize workforce stadiums, and its luck in supplying an outlet for experiencing vicarious violence to a public uneasy over the altering principles of masculinity.
Probing and discovered, NFL Football tells an epic American good fortune tale peopled through larger-than-life figures and pushed through ambition, cash, sweat, and dizzying social and technological changes.

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Haugsrud had met him there. Reports were that Nevers had signed for $15,000 with the AFL, but Haugs� rud traveled to St. Louis, met with Nevers, and found that Nevers had signed nothing. 35 When Haugsrud announced his coup at the 1926 NFL league meetings, he was immediately overwhelmed with scheduling opportunities, although no one wanted to play in Duluth. He turned that into another opportunity, demanding a $4,000 guarantee for each game, plus a percentage of the gate over $8,000. No objections were heard, and Haugsrud quickly put together a schedule of fourteen league games and fifteen exhibitions.

Three more came into the league in the early forties: Dan Reeves, Alexis Thompson, and Fred Mandel. Of this new breed of owner, four had inherited their wealth, one married into money, two made money in gambling, one was a lawyer with ties to Al Capone, and one was a laundromat entrepreneur. The deep pockets brought considerable stability to the NFL, as only one franchise failed between 1933 and 1945: the 1933 Cincinnati Reds, who moved to St. 6 The 1932 championship was postponed for a week and forced indoors by snow and bitterly cold weather.

In November 1919 Pollard received a call from Ralph “Fat” Waldsmith, the coach and owner of the Akron Indians, asking him to come and play a game for Akron against Massillon. This was the beginning of Pollard’s career in what soon became the National Football League. In Akron Pollard got a “chilly reception” from his teammates. Despite star status, Pollard was never fully accepted off the field. indd 24 T h e F o r m a t i v e Y e ar s 7/1/14 11:29 AM able to stay in city hotels and get service in local restaurants.

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