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Pigskin Nation: How the NFL Remade American Politics

Jesse Berrett


This book explores professional football’s rising popularity in the 1960s and its simultaneous promotion by the NFL as “what makes this country great.” Taking the NFL seriously as a producer of culture—it boasted a publishing house, movie studio, and lobbyists—reveals how it used its status as the national pastime to foment broad debate. The book then explores how political influencers capitalized on that popularity by sending candidates to games, encouraging players and coaches to run for office, and stage-managing conventions that conveyed competence through effective television presentation ... More

Keywords: Football, Politics, 1960s, 1970s, Nixon, Reagan, McGovern, Lombardi, NFL, promotion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041709
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041709.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesse Berrett, author