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Club : How The English Premier League Became The Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force In Sports (2018)


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Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018
Description:  xxiii, 339 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 24 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9781328506450, 1328506452,
Language:  English

Map on endpapers

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F.A. Premier League -- History
Soccer -- History -- England
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Additional Credits:
Clegg, Jonathan, author

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A Fun Read, Even for Non-soccer Fans

Into the early 1990s, it was hard to believe that England was the land where soccer (football!) was invented. The top English teams were run by old-boy owners at a loss, games were played in decrepit stadiums in squalid conditions, and you couldn't even watch a game live on TV. All that changed in 1992, when a handful of owners got the bright idea that soccer could actually be a profitable game, and that a top-flight league could provide attractive, family-friendly and TV-ready entertainment--as with America's NFL. Soon, a new "Premier League" was hastily assembled, based on a handful of bylaws, and the ball was set rolling for a bright new future. Then a new TV contract was worked out, and the cash really started flowing. Of course, once the league started making money, new investors took interest, especially from abroad--wealthy Americans, Russian oil barons and an Abu Dhabi royal family member, among others. With hyper-wealthy owners and no spending cap, player salaries skyrocketed, and soon Premier League teams were plucking the finest players and coaches from around the world. "The Club" is slight on soccer details and tactics, but provides a fascinating inside look at the Premier League's growth from a neglected property to one of the world's most powerful and disruptive sports/entertainment juggernauts. A quick read with plenty of colorful characters, the book will appeal to even non-soccer fans.
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