The author of “The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire” talks about the NFL’s simple origins

Among the executives attending the annual National Professional Football League meeting are, from left, Charles Bidwell, owner of the Chicago Cardinals; George Halas, owner-coach of the Chicago Bears; Bert Bell, owner-coach of the Philadelphia Eagles; Steve Owen, coach of the New York Giants; and Hartley Anderson, line coach of the Detroit Lions. The meeting is held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 22, 1941. (AP Photo)

John Eisenberg joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes to talk about his new book, The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire. The book is a great telling of how the NFL began as a haphazard collection of businesses squaring off on the gridiron, beginning with “Papa Bear” George Halas.

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