THE GRAY-FLANNEL PIGSKIN: Movers and Shakers of Pro Football by William Henry Paul

THE GRAY-FLANNEL PIGSKIN: Movers and Shakers of Pro Football

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Off the playing field and inside the front offices of our current #1 spectator sport, this work examines the behind-the-screen actions of assorted owners, business people, public relations men and the like. Tackling first the policy whereby NFL financial records are not made public, reporter Paul then shifts his inquiry to outline the functions of those management men who control the purse strings, if not the players or their agents, of a particular team -- whether it's the pair of sisters who own the San Francisco 49ers, the accountant who became the executive vice president-general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, or the business manager-traveling secretary of the New York Jets -- one of whose tasks is to keep Joe Namath intact from a blitzing by his fans. Well researched and informative -- however one is inclined to agree with one owner's assertion that: ""I don't think the public really cares about the financial situation of pro football."" For that special breed of fiscal-minded armchair quarterback.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1974
Publisher: Lippincott