The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports

By Joshua Robinson  and Jonathan Clegg
Read by Shaun Grindell

unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781684416684

  • ISBN: 9781684416684

Runtime: 13.11 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The Club is the previously untold inside story of how English soccer's Premier League became the wildest, richest, most popular sports product on the planet.

This is a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and twenty-five years of uncommon drama re-made an ancient institution into a twenty-first-century entertainment empire. No one knew 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 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 English soccer lured players, agents, and managers from around the world, turning aging industrial cities and obscurely named clubs 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Clegg and Robinson are expert storytellers in unspooling the narrative of one of Britain’s most successful exports…Thorough but also readable and entertaining.” Gabriele Marcotti, ESPN
“Richly detailed, remarkably told…The Club is the definitive guide to the definitive league in sports.” Billy Beane, vice president for baseball operations, Oakland Athletics
“An antic and definitive account of all that has been gained…as well as all that’s been lost.” Ben Reiter, New York Times bestselling sports writer

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Joshua Robinson

Joshua Robinson is the European sports correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated.

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Author Bio: Jonathan Clegg

Jonathan Clegg is an editor for the Wall Street Journal. His work has also appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, and FourFourTwo magazine.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 13.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English