Football's Fearless Activists

Football’s Fearless Activists by Mike Freeman, review

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Journalist Mike Freeman tells the story of anti-racism protests by NFL athletes and the backlash they faced from the NFL, right-wing fans and even the President.
Love Zac by Reid Forgrave review

Love, Zac by Reid Forgrave, review

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Youth football, concussions and masculinity are examined in this tragic story of a 24-year-old stricken by CTE.
Growing up on the gridiron

Growing Up On the Gridiron by Vicki Mayk, review

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The story of Penn player Owen Thomas, who took his own life aged 21, and was later found to have CTE.

The King of Sports by Gregg Easterbrook, review

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Football faces problems that could eventually cause its demise, argues Gregg Easterbrook. In The King of Sports he proposes some solutions.

Friday Night Lights by HG Bissinger, review

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Friday Night Lights, which chronicles a Texas high school football team's quest for glory, remains an essential read.

Review: Kansas City vs Oakland by Matthew C Ehrlich

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Not entirely about football, Kansas City vs Oakland looks at how the rivalry between the cities played out in football, baseball and elsewhere.

Review: Scoreboard, Baby by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry

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Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry's excellent book on the scandal-soaked 2000 Washington Huskies is an essential read.

Review: The Meaning of Sports by Michael Mandelbaum

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Why do people watch sports? And, in particular, why do they watch the sports they do? These are the central concerns in The Meaning of Sports.