John Eisenberg Discusses New Book, “The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire"

John Eisenberg dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his new book, “The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire"

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 29, 2018 - 7:45 am

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John Eisenberg dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his new book, “The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire,” which delves into the early days of the NFL – and its rivalries.

“This is my tenth book – I’ve written football, I’ve written baseball, I’ve written horse-racing – and I’m always looking for fascinating characters, fascinating times, something that will just make you stop and pause and go, ‘Wow,’” Eisenberg said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “And the early days of the NFL are a no-brainer, honestly, for someone who likes to tell stories.”

You’ve probably heard the names of a lot of the “characters” in Eisenberg’s book; you just might not know a lot about them. The book focuses on Art Rooney, George Halas, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, and Bert Bell, among others.

“The characters that I’m writing about – George Halas, Art Rooney – these are all famous guys now,” Eisenberg said. “They’re all in the Hall of Fame. But in this story, they’re young men in the ’20s and the ’30s, they don’t have a lot of money, they’re trying to make a go of it, there are tough times – wartime, the Depression – and how in the world do they keep this league going when it was really sort of a failing enterprise? To me, it just jumps off the page. How can I not take this on at some point? So it was very, very rich storytelling terrain for me, so there was no way I was going to miss it.”