Interview with Evan Weiner

What's the story behind your latest book?
I have been a working journalist since I am 15, starting in 1971, all of my e-books are from experiences working and being around kingmakers and powerbrokers in sports and in politics and in business. It is pretty easy for me, I am not really a writer in the strictest sense. I am a communicator, whether it is TV, radio or public speaking and my books reflect that. Nothing all that deep just conversations that are repeated from football players, basketball players and people like Rudy Giuliani.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had too many problems with traditional publishers. I found that to be quite frustrating and I do things immediately and 18 month delays are something I don't like. I also know more about my subject than editors.
What do your fans mean to you?
I try to treat people with respect and dignity who are intelligent. I welcome back and forth and conversation.
What are you working on next?
I don't know. My look at David Stern and the National Basketball Association book is done and he retires in February so that's next. Beyond that? We will see, radio and TV more than books, I am in two documentaries due out in 2014. That's my real love, that and speaking before groups.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jim Bouton, Ball Four, Jean Sheppard. I just read what comes by me. I know Bouton.
What is your writing process?
Nothing really, I sit down when I feel like it, no organization, just write. I sometimes feel it's someone else doing it, I am just typing. I often wonder if it is an outerbody exoperience because I am little more than a collector of words with little thought.
Traditional publishing versus e-books?
I will take e-books, it's immediate and if you get it wrong, you can wipe it out and replace it.
What do you read for pleasure?
political essays, society and history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Ipad
Describe your desk
neat
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
New York City, probably no real impact other than the fast pace and atmosphere of the place.
Published 2014-06-29.
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Books by This Author

I Am Not Paul Bunyan And Other Tall Tales
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 165,120. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hockey
Hockey players have stories. All you have to do is ask a question about something that happened and step back and allow them to talk. The stories seem to be neither exaggerated tall tales except the stories are neither exaggerated nor tall tales. The stories you are about to read are true and the names have not been changed to protect either the innocent or guilty.
The Politics Of Sports Business 2017
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,710. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2018. Categories: Essay » Political
The long time commissioner of the National Basketball Association David Stern, who ran the NBA between 1984 and 2014, once noted that there are three basic needs for a team owner and a league to be successful. Government support. A large local TV contract. Corporate support. The large TV contract in the United States was a product of the 1984 Cable TV Act and the corporate support comes from gover
The Stern Years: 1984-2014
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,900. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sports business, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Basketball
David Stern began his association with the National Basketball Association in 1966. The NBA of 1966 will never be confused with the NBA of February 1, 2014 when Stern retired after a 30 year reign as National Basketball Association commissioner. By the time Stern retired, basketball was the second most popular sport in the world.
2014 Edition: The Business & Politics of Sports
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 274,960. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sports business, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Economic policy
Sports is a global business. For many it is a game but the real business of sports is business. Sports is powered by governments that make laws which regulate the business of sports. Most nations have Sports Ministers and sports is a government level position and concern. The e-book takes a look at the global sports industry between August 2010 and January 1, 2014 and how the business operates.
The Business & Politics of Sports: A Selection of Columns by Evan Weiner Second Edition
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 246,610. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » City planning
Everybody in America and around the world is paying in some way for sports, whether it is through taxes, cable TV bills, tax breaks or incentives. In a selection of his columns spanning from 1998 to the present, award winning journalist Evan Weiner connects the dots and shows how business, politics and sports are so closely interwoven.
The Business and Politics of Sports
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,040. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball / Essays & Writings
The Business an Politics of Sports contains over 100 of Evan Weiner’s columns that describe the power plays, players, media and political (federal, state and local) connections, which rule the 19 billion dollar a year business of sports. At the heart of Evan Weiner’s writing lies his belief that “it’s great to watch a game and report on it, but democracy deserves more
From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-so-Stern NBA
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,530. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Basketball, Essay » Business
The 21st century version of the National Basketball Association will never be confused with the various leagues that cropped up after Dr. James Naismith came up with a game in the fall of 1891 at a Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA. Dr. Naismith put up some peach baskets and gave 18 players a soccer ball and the game of "basket ball" was born. A century later, basketball was a global sensation.
America's Passion: How a Coal Miner's Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,140. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby, Essay » Political
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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.