Drop In #8.4
Title: The Club : How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports
Author: Joshua Robinson, Jonathan Clegg
Pub Date: 12/4/18
On Sale Date: 12/4
$28.00/$40.00 Can. Discount Code: 59
Trade & Ref Adult HC
320 pages / 1 8-pp b-w insert, endpaper map
Sports & Recreation / Soccer
Announced 1st Print: 35K
Carton Qty: 1
9 in H | 6 in W | 1 lb Wt
The Club is a sports and business tale of how a handful of secret meetings in 1992 spawned a crazy quarter-century in which money, ambition, and uncommon drama remade an ancient institution into a 21st century entertainment empire, a veritable Wild West of sport where the global 1% duke it out. No one realized it when their experiment began, but without any particular genius or acumen, the motley cast of billionaires and hucksters behind the modern Premier League struck gold.
Pretty soon, everyone, everywhere wanted to try their luck, from Russian oligarchs, to Emirati sheikhs, American tycoons, and Asian Tiger titans. Some succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Some lost everything. But the cash they flowed into the league lured players, agents and managers from around the world, turning aging industrial cities like Manchester and obscurely named clubs like Tottenham Hotspur into the focus of compulsive global attention. Today players are sold for tens of millions, clubs are valued in the billions, and games are beamed out to nearly 200 countries, all while the league struggles to preserve its English soul.
Deeply researched and drawing on 100 exclusive interviews including key decision makers at every major English team, The Club is a definitive, wildly entertaining, go-big-or-go-home narrative of how the Premier League took over the world.