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Players: The Story of Sports and Money, and the Visionaries Who Fought to Create a Revolution

by Matthew Futterman

“The business of sports has been completely transformed over the course of my lifetime, and Players is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the beginnings of that revolution. I couldn’t put it down.” —Billy...


American Huckster

by Mary Papenfuss & Teri Thompson

The first inside account of the international soccer scandal that rocked the world and the American at its center—the incredible story of how a stay-at-home New York soccer dad illegally made millions off...


On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody's Favorite Games

by Gary Belsky & Neil Fine

“A book this informative has no right to be this much fun. On the Origins of Sports is a winner.”

—Dan Okrent, founder, Rotisserie Baseball

On the Origins of Sports is an illustrated book built around the...


Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW

by Scott E. Williams, Shane Douglas & George Tahinos

Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was one extreme contradiction on top of another. An incredibly influential—but never profitable—company in the world of professional wrestling in the 1990s, it portrayed...


When Shea Was Home: The Story of the 1975 Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets

by Brett Topel

Four teams, 175 games, 3,738,546 fans—one stadium. If 1975 wasn’t the most successful year in New York sports—and it wasn’t—then it was certainly one of the oddest. For that one crazy season, all four...


Rise and Fire

by Shawn Fury

It’s hard to believe that there was a time when the jump shot didn’t exist in basketball. When the sport was invented in 1891, players would take set shots with both feet firmly planted on the ground. Defenders...


Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA

by Joe Nocera & Ben Strauss

 “How can the NCAA blithely wreck careers without regard to due process or common fairness? How can it act so ruthlessly to enforce rules that are so petty? Why won’t anybody stand up to these outrageous...


Legendary Lessons: More Than One Hundred Golf Teachings from Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Grantland Rice, Harry Vardon, and More

by Claudia Mazzucco

Modern golf as it is practiced all over the world developed in the last thirty years. And yet, the legendary Walter Hagen, and some of his friends, would deliver an unexpected message to the busy, stressed,...


This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon

by L. Jon Wertheim & Sam Sommers

This is Your Brain on Sports is the book for sports fans searching for a deeper understanding of the games they watch and the people who play them.  Sports Illustrated executive editor and bestselling author...


The Female Tradition in Physical Education: Women First reconsidered

by David Kirk & Patricia Vertinsky

The Female Tradition in Physical Education re-examines a key question in the history of modern education: why did the remarkably successful leaders of female physical education, who pioneered the development...


The Uncrowned Champs: How the 1963 San Diego Chargers Would Have Won the Super Bowl

by Dave Steidel & Lance Alworth

Before the inception of the Super Bowl—football’s faceoff of the best teams to find out who is truly superior—the two leagues (AFL and NFL) would each have their own championship game. This bad blood stuck...


Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century

by Robert D. Jacobus

On January 20, 1968, the University of Houston Cougars upset the UCLA Bruins, ending a 47-game winning streak. Billed as the “Game of the Century,” the defeat of the UCLA hoopsters was witnessed by 52,693...


Brook Trout: A Thorough Look at North America's Great Native Trout- Its History, Biology, and Angling Possibilities

by Nick Karas & James R. Babb

North America has had a 400-year love affair with the brook trout - Salvelinus fontinalis- its great native trout. In this newly revised and updated volume, Nick Karas offers the only major profile of this most...


50 Years, 50 Moments

by Jerry Rice & Randy O. Williams

In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of America’s most beloved sporting event—the Super Bowl—an authoritative collection of the most pivotal plays through the decades, compiled by the legendary...


Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon

by Ed Caesar

Just published to extraordinary acclaim in Britain as “Hoop Dreams for runners” (The Spectator) and “a celebration of the human spirit” (The Observer), Two Hours is the first book from a blazing new...


Cheating Is Encouraged: A Hard-Nosed History of the 1970s Raiders

by Mike Siani & Kristine Setting Clark

Straight from the mouths of the legends of the Silver and Black, Cheating Is Encouraged recapitulates the many as infamous stories from the last team to play “outlaw” football.

Regardless of whether you loved...


The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago Bears: A Decade-By-Decade History

by Chicago Tribune Staff, Joe Knowles & Don Pierson

In Chicago, the Bears grip on the city spans generations and cultures, endures disappointments, and celebrates triumphs great and small. From the team’s humble beginnings to its status as a marquee NFL franchise,...


Cheerleader!: An American Icon

by Natalie Guice Adams & Pamela Jean Bettis

Entertainers or athletes? Leaders or losers? Cheerleaders, numbering 3.8 million in the United States alone, are part of everyone's school memories. Looking beyond the poms and megaphones, Cheerleader! An American...


Hail to the Redskins

by Adam Lazarus

At last, the definitive account of the Redskins’ championship decade

Based on more than ninety original interviews, here is the rollicking chronicle of the famed Washington Redskins teams of the Joe Gibbs years—one...


After the Final Whistle

by Stephen Cooper

As Britain's Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the first to volunteer. They led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament:...