A History of NFL Preseason and Exhibition Games

A History of NFL Preseason and Exhibition Games

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For fans of professional football who thought they had read everything about the history of the game, Mark L. Ford breaks new ground with this account of the NFL preseason. Described as a€œtest labsa€ by Ford, preseason games are a time for trying out new strategies, considering future rule changes, and implementing television coverage innovations. For thousands of players who vie for a spot in the league every summer, the preseason is also the defining moment where careers can be made or broken. A History of NFL Preseason and Exhibition Games: 1986 to 2013 is one of two books by Ford on professional footballa€™s preseason. Along with its companion volumea€”which covers 1960 to 1985a€”these resources provide information on every NFL and AFL preseason game played since the AFL was launched in 1960. All the interesting events and people that were part of these summer battles are detailed, as well as the first outings for new teams, new rules, and new stars. Ford also includes amusing anecdotes and mishaps, such as a last-minute defeat in 2000 when a player tackled his own teammate. Along the way, Ford recounts key off-season developments that would transform professional football from a modest enterprise into a global monopoly with annual revenues and assets worth billions. A History of NFL Preseason and Exhibition Games is a unique and important reference for pro football fans and cultural historians alike.1986 to 2013 Mark L. Ford ... had recently been released from the USFLa#39;s New Jersey Generals after the spring league decided to cancel its fall schedule. ... The Rams shared their playing grounds with baseballa#39;s California Angels, who had 10 consecutive home games between Thursday, August 7, and Sunday, August 17.

Title:A History of NFL Preseason and Exhibition Games
Author: Mark L. Ford
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2014-10-08

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