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The Franchise

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A corrupt football team fights to become the sport’s dominant franchiseThe Texas Pistols never should have been. The league had no business awarding a team to dying Park City, but it only took a little pressure—financial and otherwise—to bring the expansion franchise to town. At first, they’re worthless, playing in an empty stadium for slack-jawed fans, but the owners have...more
ebook, 558 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published November 1st 1983)
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Jeff
Not as well known as Gent’s North Dallas Forty but a superior book all the same and one that I read every few years. Taylor Rusk, the protagonist, is the franchise, Achilles in cleats.

This story follows his path to greatness from high school through college and into the pros. Along the way we confront torture, death by Heisman trophy, Ox, Russian steroids, roller skating car hops, onion eating, tracheostomy by Bic pen, mobsters, owners, mobster owners, dog training and creative uses for a tube...more
Robert W
Peter Gent is best known as the author of North Dallas Forty, but in 1983 he wrote another football novel, the completely demented The Franchise. According to Texas Literary Outlaws, this book was written during a period in Gent’s life when he was exhibiting some scarily paranoid behavior. This comes through loud and clear in The Franchise, which is a conspiracy-filled history of a new expansion team, located in the never-named city of Austin. The franchise brings in the coach and quarterback fr...more
Cormac Zoso
Another true-to-life novel about the sports world by the best sports novelist. This traces a top-flight quarterback from his college beginnings and the hypocrisies of the sport and college life and his efforts to stay above it all as he continues into the pros, searching for 'the ring', one thing a player will give a finger or two to get before they retire or are forced to retire.

Not as good as the classic "North Dallas Forty" but it's close and has a different flavor and tenor. It makes for enj...more
David
Having read several of Peter Gent's previous works judging by the cover, I assumed that this would be a story about football. Well , you can't judge a book by its cover. (Did somebody say that once?) Although, this book revolves around the front office and star quarterback of an expansion football team, there really is very little football going on. Instead, we are presented with some of the seedy side of a professional sports team with everything from point shaving to murder. Not an uninteresti...more
Craig
Pete Gent played football for the Dallas Cowboys back in the sixties. When his playing days were over he wrote North Dallas Forty, a good, funny, but essentially very dark novel. The ending is particularly bleak. The Franchise (also about football in Texas) is much longer and just loaded with very well drawn, memorable characters. It is dark--there are some sick evil folks in this book-- but not bleak. And it is so, so funny. Even if you don't like football or Texas, ya gotta read it.
Barbara
everything you suspected about major league football is true, says PG, and BM wonders how does such brilliance and amazing athletic achievement come out of such a swamp?
Drew Thompson
Moderately entertaining, if a bit fantastical. I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at some of the action in this novel...
Chandler
I find it funny that the female protagonist in this book has the same last name as my name. Coincidence? Irony?
Harry Babin
One of my favorite books of all time.
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George Davis Peter Gent was a Michigan State University basketball player and National Football League wide receiver turned novelist.

Gent resided in Bangor, Michigan at the time of his death from a pulmonary disease on September 30, 2011,and was working on a novel.
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