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More Than a Game

An inside look at how the battle off the field affects the competition on the field of america's most popular sport--from one of the Nfl's most successful and respected head coaches.Fresh off the sidelines from a nine-year stint as one of the most successful leaders in pro football, Super Bowl-winning head coach Brian Billick has written a book about the sport he knows and loves, giving readers a fresh perspective on America's Game. Combining his own experiences with a wealth of new interviews gained through his unsurpassed access to pro football's most influential figures, Billick has written a vibrant, compelling account of the true state of the game today, and the dangers that it faces in the near future. The National Football League stands as perhaps America's last great mass entertainment, the rare enterprise that brings together a broad cross-section of our increasingly niche-driven marketplace. But even as the game has grown more popular, so has the financial pressure and stakes for all concerned. In this taut, lucid breakdown of the game's inner workings, Billick shows how dynasties are built and teams assembled, and he explains in detail how the economic pressures of the modern NFL can affect coaches and players alike. Billick welcomes fans into the locker rooms and the boardrooms for a revealing portrait of pro football and a penetrating look at the forces that will vie for control of America's most popular game in the future.
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"It seems like everyone these days tries to give fans an inside look into professional football. But in "More Than a Game" -- through the eyes of a championship coach with a sense of the world, and a journalist who understands the history of pro football better than anyone -- we get closer than ever to the practice fields, the meeting rooms, the executive offices, and the stadiums where games are won and lost." -- Joe Posnanski, "Sports Illustrated" "Like Brian Billick, I've experienced the ultimate highs and lows of being a head coach in the NFL, so I read "More Than a Game" with great personal interest. Brian writes with fascinating detail about a wide range of topics facing the sport. There's eye-opening perspective on how the game has evolved, and how he sees it changing in the future. If you care about pro football, this is a tremendous book and a pleasure to read -- I felt like I was in the room and on the field with him in each chapter." -- Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden "A clear-eyed appreciation and critique of the game and business of football, combining the perspectives of a Super Bowl-winning coach and a first-rate journalist." -- Bob Costas "Having played in the NFL, I think "More Than a Gam"e does a great job helping fans of pro football gain a deeper understanding of how coaches and general managers make their key decisions, especially in respect to drafting and keeping players. The book also addresses the critical issues facing the NFL's future, such as the league's salary cap agreement with the players. I know fans will really enjoy this book because I enjoyed it myself." -- Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman

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