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November 10, 2013
Gregg Easterbrook
Author, "The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America"
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Gregg Easterbrook was born in 1953 in Buffalo, New York. He completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Colorado College in 1976. The following year, he finished a masters program at Northwestern University in journalism. In 1982, he joined the staff of the Atlantic Monthly and later became contributing editor in 1986. He is a former distinguished fellow of the Fulbright Foundation. He is also a former fellow of economics at the Brookings Institute. He is currently a columnist for ESPN.com writing “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and has three children.



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Info: Our guest is ESPN.com columnist and author Gregg Easterbrook. He discusses his new book, “The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America.” Mr. Easterbrook assesses the role of football in America with a statistical point. Of the twenty most-watched television broadcasts in the United States and internationally, all twenty were Super Bowls. He says football is becoming a “cult” in our country. Easterbrook outlines many of what he terms “egregious” tax exemptions the National Football League receives on an annual basis. He points out that many of the team owners are granted incentives to stay in a particular city or subsidized by construction funding of public tax money. He says the National Football League’s profit is expected to exceed nine billion dollars this year. He points out that college football is becoming increasingly profit-based as well. Easterbrook also addresses the negative physical and cognitive effects football can have on players. He emphasizes the problem of concussions in youth football and high school programs. In addition, he talks about his family and his childhood ambition to become a writer.





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