SOCCER LOVERS BOOK REVIEW: THE CLUB – How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports
How was the archaic institution of soccer remade into a thriving big business?
From invaders on the shore to Britain’s new empire, this book explores the madness of bottomless pits of money and ego … and the new owners who changed it all.
Authors Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg teamed up for The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (Published December 4, 2018)
How did money, ambition, and twenty-five years of drama turn English soccer into a modern entertainment empire?
It is a really good question.
How did English football — with players like Alexis Sanchez who reportedly earns $21.5 million annually, or Mesut Özil who pulls in $20.9 million annually and Kevin De Bruyne who gets over $17 million for lacing up his cleats and wearing Manchester City — turn into today’s EPL commercial powerhouse?
What are the stories behind the famous names?
The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports is reported to be the previously untold inside story of how English soccer’s Premier League became the wildest, richest, most popular sports product on the planet.
What makes this book unique? The authors’ immense background. Both Robinson and Clegg are journalists for theWall Street Journal.
Robinson and Clegg bring authenticity and fact-filled account of the English Premier League, and its impact on global sports culture.
Few fans remember that the EPL was formed as a top-tier league back in 1992 when stadiums were crumbling and there was fan violence. Now players are sold for tens of millions, soccer clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City are valued in the billions and games are beamed out to nearly 200 countries.
What happend in the beginning?
With 100 exclusive interviews with key decision makers at the Big Six clubs, this book is deeply researched and a tell-all.
Capitalizing on a multi-million TV contract from Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV, the story of the EPL is a page-turner for fans of sports and business.
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