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The Billion Dollar Game: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Day In American Sport - Super Bowl Sunday
The Billion Dollar Game: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Day In American Sport - Super Bowl Sunday
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Author: St. John, Allen

Brand: Anchor

Color: Red

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Number Of Pages: 288

Release Date: 12-01-2010

Details: Product Description A fascinating portrait of the National Football League, the Super Bowl, and all the position players who come together to create the biggest cultural phenomenon in American sports.   Think the Super Bowl is only about two teams of titans clashing on the field? Think again. The Super Bowl is about fans, hundreds of millions of fans. It’s about money, more money than the GDP of twenty-five sovereign nations. It’s about precision, the timing of everything from the notorious commercials to the epic halftime show. And it’s about the vision and skill of designing a state-of-the-art stadium to house the great show. Here, Allen St. John reveals how America’s biggest sporting event is more than just a couple hours on a Sunday: it’s a high stakes, real-life dramatic story, with millions of participants all hoping for the same thing—the greatest game ever. Review "Entertaining. . . . Details the history, trivia and downright weirdness behind this colossal event."-- New York Post “Illuminating….An insider’s look at a billion-dollar industry and a game that is much more than just a game.” -- Sports Illustrated "A tribute to the people who bring us the game, the people who broadcast the game, the people who market beer during the game and the people who hold parties before the game."-- The New York Times "St. John's narrative is laced with intimate portraits and fresh figures–did you know the resale value of a stadium's worth of tickets exceeds $500 million, or that Americans consume eight million pounds of guacamole on game day?–that enliven the organizational challenge of carrying off the world's biggest bash without a hitch."-- Time “[Allen St. John] looks at the Super Bowl from a non-football perspective...how money weaves through all of it in making this a billion dollar event.”-- Dallas Morning News “It’s an absorbing, thorough look at the people and corporations that make the game possible.”-- Tampa Bay Tribune About the Author Allen St. John is the New York Times bestselling author of the MAD DOG 100 and THE MAD DOG HALL OF FAME, both with Christopher Russo. St. John is also the author of CLAPTON'S GUITAR. He is a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and his recent work has been honored by The Best American Sports Writing. He has written for Rolling Stone, Playboy, Maxim, Men's Journal, the Washington Post Book World, and the New York Times Magazine. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. 1 The Game If You Build It . . . “It all started with an innocent phone call,” says Peter Eisenman. Wearing a navy blue cashmere sweater with a small hole, Eisenman is sitting in the sunny, unpretentious Manhattan loft space that he calls his office, perched in an old black Breuer chair, at one end of a conference table big enough for a game of platform tennis. (Just the thing for spreading out pages of blueprints, I assume.) Eisenman is one of the major figures in contemporary architecture. He is also the first of many auteurs of Super Bowl XLII. The man on the other end of that phone call in September 1996 was Mike Rushman. Rushman is a Phoenix-based lawyer who had worked briefly with Eisenman on a proposed, and ultimately abandoned, project at the Boston Navy Yard. Now he came to the architect with a proposition. “Are you interested in football?” Rushman asked. “Yes,” Eisenman replied. “Well, the Arizona Cardinals are thinking of building a new stadium. And we’re going to have a competition, with Frank Gehry and Will Bruder, who’s a local architect,” Rushman explained. “Frank Gehry doesn’t know anything about football,” Eisenman countered. “This season is the fiftieth anniversary of the Cardinals winning their first NFL championship, so it’s a good time to kick this thing off.” “Yeah, I know. I saw that team play,” said Eisenman casually. “Really?” said Rushman. “Not only did I see that team play, I can name the starting backfield. Paul Christman, who played at Missouri

EAN: 9780767928151

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew