America's Passion: How a Coal Miner's Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century

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The National Football League is the premier sport in the United States. But it always wasn't that way. Author Evan Weiner takes us back to the days when the NFL was a mom and pop store operation with the players and others who witnessed the league's growth first hand. The game started in the coal mines in western Pennsylvania and is a multi-billion dollar business today. More

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About Evan Weiner

Evan Weiner is an award winning journalist who is among a very small number of people who cover the politics and business of sports and how that relationship affects not only sports fans but the non-sports fan as well. Weiner began his journalism career while in high school at the age of 15 in 1971. He won two Associated Press Awards for radio news coverage in 1978 and 1979. He was presented with the United States Sports Academy's first ever Distinguished Service Award for Journalism in 2003 in Mobile, Alabama. Advisor to the SUNY Cortland Sports Business Management Program. The United States Sports Academy's 2010 Ronald Reagan Media Award.

He is the author of seven books ,From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-So-Stern NBA, America's Passion: How a Coal Miner's Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century, The Business and Politics of Sports -- 2005, The Business and Politics of Sports, Second Edition -- 2010 and 2014 Edition: The Business & Politics of Sports. The Stern Years: 1984-2014. The Politics Of Sports Business 2017.

He has been quoted in 25 other books and his words were read into the United States House of Representatives Congressional record: July 14, 2004 - Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, second session.

He was been a columnist with the New York Sun and provided Westwood One Radio with daily commentaries between 1999 and 2006 called "The Business of Sports." He has also appeared on numerous television and radio shows both in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He has been on msnbc, NewsMax, CN8 and ABCNewsNow.

He writes for The Daily Beast about the politics of the sports and entertainment business and has a daily podcast called, The Politics of Sports Business.

Evan speaks on the business of politics of sports in colleges and universities as well as on cruise ships around the world.

In 2015, Evan was featured in the movie documentary "Sons of Ben", the story of how a group of fans got a Major League Soccer team in the Philadelphia, PA market.

Evan can be reached at, and @evanjweiner on twitter.

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Evan talking about his book on TV
Evan Weiner on John Vorperian's cable TV program Beyond the Game, January 10, 2013 talking about America's Passion: How a Coal Miner's Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century discussing the turning point of professional football in popularity in the US in the late 1950s.

football's future
Evan, Sept 1, msnbc discussing football segment 1

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more on the future of football

Up with Steve MSNBC III
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Evan receiving an award
Evan Weiner receiving the Ronald Reagan Award for journalism in Daphne, Alabama from the United States Sports Academy, January 7, 2011. Howard Cosell won the first award at that point I was merely the last.

Evan background
Evan telling film maker Paul Hirschberger about his background in journalism - Feb 07, 2012. Evan is scheduled to be part of Paul's documentary "Touchdown Israel". This is an out take.

Evan 1997 WBIS TV, Channel 31, New York
talking about the business of the NFL, March 12, 1997.

MidPoint | Mike Petraglia and Evan Weiner
By suspending Tom Brady and branding him a cheat, the NFL used a fresh controversy — Deflategate — to settle old scores with Brady's team, the New England Patriots, two sportswriters told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV on May 12. "The NFL is a very vindictive league," said Weiner.

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Kent Anderson reviewed on March 31, 2013

I enjoyed the book. Even with the proofreading errors and the out-of-sequence style, a good read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Mark Vermillion reviewed on Feb. 14, 2013
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The book is a wonderful story of the NFL and how it has become such a part of American culture. While I thoroughly enjoy the book, there are numerous proofreading errors, which make it difficult to use in an educational setting.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
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