The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports Audiobook, by Joshua Robinson Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Jonathan Clegg, Joshua Robinson Narrator: Shaun Grindell Publisher: Highbridge Audio Audio Length: Release Date: December 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781684416691

Publisher Description

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.

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  • “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
  • “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
  • “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

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Shaun Grindell, actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator, was born and raised in Southampton, England. His training includes the Calland School of Speech and Drama and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in London. He has been seen on stage in London and Las Vegas.