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Billion Dollar Game

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A fascinating portrait of the National Football League, the Super Bowl, and all the position players who come together to create the biggest cultural phenomenon in American sports.
Think the Super Bowl is only about two teams of titans clashing on the field? Think again. The Super Bowl is about fans, hundreds of millions of fans. It's about money, more money than the GDP o
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ebook, 288 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published December 24th 2008)
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Zach Koenig
Feb 25, 2017 Zach Koenig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The subtitle on this book states that it will take you "behind the scenes of the greatest day in American sport...Super Bowl Sunday". Well, author Allen St. John delivered superbly on that promise.

Basically, this book takes you through the lion's share of the preparation that goes into pulling off perhaps the biggest logistical nightmare in sporting history...the NFL Super Bowl. From choosing a stadium (heck, BUILDING a stadium!), coordinating the crowd, throwing the parties, and broadcasting th
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Michael
Feb 14, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really interesting book to read about the Super Bowl. If you're looking for a book about the game than this is not that book but if you're interested in everything that goes into the game than I think this book will be extremely interesting.

Allen St. John looks at all aspects of what makes the Super Bowl an event. This book mostly focuses on the build up to Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona. He talks to the architect of University of Phoenix Stadium and uncovers the process for a c
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Ronald Wise
This book certainly conveys well the upwardly spiraling expectations of everyone involved with the hype and hoopla of Super Bowls. The author followed the years of preparation for Super Bowl XLII in the Phoenix area, including the concerns and efforts of the host city organizers, the FOX television crew, the Playboy party crew, the ad agencies, and the halftime show producers.

St. John provides some interesting historical Super Bowl facts and debunks some commonly held beliefs concerning Super Bo
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Marc Pongpamorn
I really wanted to like this book because of the author's depth of knowledge but I have to give it only 3 stars as he didnt write with the average sports fan in mind (me!). For example, he talks way too much about architecture and broadcasting and too little on the Super Bowl. He's too smart and intellectual for sports fans. Overall, it's a good book. I learned a few things about the Super Bowl and now have a better appreciation for camera angles. I never thought Id learned something from a spor ...more
Grace
Sep 08, 2009 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book only gets three stars because I thought it might be more in depth than it was. Of course, how in depth can you get about the Super Bowl? Very, very little of the book talked about the game itself (Super Bowl 42), but a lot about what it takes to make it all happen. I really like football, college more than NFL, but the amount of money, time and energy going in to just this one game was staggering and a little depressing. Made me ponder our priorities. But I still like football.
Nathan
Feb 04, 2009 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: franklin-library
There's a handful of enjoyable facts, but they're scattered throughout a boring and disjointed narrative. As well, critics and cynics might decry the sheer extravagance that goes into a mere football game. This book reports the extravagance well, but does little to convince that this actually is more than a mere football game.
Katie
May 26, 2012 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read all about the Super Bowl. But not just about the game; he focused equally on the game plus "the show" and "the celebration," so you get to read a lot about the huge Super Bowl parties as well as the behind-the-scenes camera crew details that go into filming and producing the game that is watched by so many millions (billion?) people worldwide.
Rob
Apr 21, 2015 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book started out good and then faded. It seems that the book was more interested in the Playboy party at the Super Bowl than the Super Bowl.
John
Feb 06, 2009 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Weak sauce. A third of the book is taken up spending time on how the Playboy party is set up. Also, author has weak command of the English language.
Bryan Cross
Apr 06, 2013 Bryan Cross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much more to this game than anyone realizes!
Jocelyn
May 13, 2009 Jocelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: football fans
Shelves: sports, non-fiction
Mishmash of bits about the Super Bowl from the Playboy party to how the camera crew works. It's pretty eh.
Jim
Mar 29, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes before during and after a Super Bowl.
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