Review of Rozelle: A Biography

Sport in American History

By Andrew D. Linden

Izenberg, Jerry. Rozelle: A Biography. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. Pp. 312. Notes and Index. $29.95 clothback.

In the environment of big-time sport in North America, few off-the-field individuals garner such media coverage as National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell. Over the past few weeks, as teams begin their training camps and preseason game plans, Goodell remains in the limelight. Recently, fans and pundits questioned his ability to lead because of poor decisions on incidents surrounding star players such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. They ridiculed him for his handling of the now infamous “Deflate-gate.” And he continually stays in the news by handing down suspensions to players for various off-the-field “incidents.” With no games yet being played, Goodell is the most talked about individual in the current culture of the sport.

RozelleWhy do NFL commissioners garner such clout? In his…

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