The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America review

The King of Sports: Football's Impact on AmericaThe King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America by Gregg Easterbrook
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is basically two parts – a hagiography of the Virginia Tech football program (seriously, it’s a little embarrassing), and a series of chapters on problems with football (concussions, crazy NFL tax breaks because the NFL is technically a nonprofit!, unrealistic expectations for high school/college players, various football showcase scams), and then concludes with a series of sensible-sounding reforms that will never happen.

I quit football this year, mostly for the concussion/pain reasons, and while the optimism of the book made me think twice about it, I kinda doubt anything significant will change.

The book itself is a little long-winded but it’s an interesting read.

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