• Playmakers

  • How the NFL Really Works (and Doesn't)
  • By: Mike Florio
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)

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Playmakers

By: Mike Florio
Narrated by: Dan Woren
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The story of a modern NFL that can’t get out of its own way—and can’t stop making money

In recent decades, the NFL has simultaneously become an athletic, financial, and cultural powerhouse—and a League that can’t seem to go more than a few weeks without a scandal. Whether it’s about domestic violence, performance-enhancing drugs, racism, or head trauma, the NFL always seems to be in some kind of trouble. Yet no matter the drama, the TV networks keep showing games, the revenue keeps rising, and the viewers keep tuning in.

How can a sports league—or any organization—operate this way? Why do the negative stories keep happening, and why don’t they ever seem to affect the bottom line? In this wide-ranging book, Mike Florio takes listeners from the boardroom to the locker room, from draft day to the Super Bowl, answering these questions and more, and showing what really goes on in the sport that America can’t seem to quit.

​Known for his constant stream of new information and incisive commentary, Florio delivers again in this book. With new insights and reporting on scandals past and present, this book will be the talk of the League—whether the League likes it or not.

©2022 Mike Florio (P)2022 PublicAffairs

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Pretty good

Would rather have the author speak it
Good read between voluntary n non voluntary football paractice

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Disappointed.

This book is probably best-suited for a new fan, who has only an elementary understanding of the game and recent history of it. I would not recommend this book for the serious fan. Are you really interested in hearing a six minute recap of the Donovan McNabb trade? How about twelve hours of similar dribble? I’m not sure what prompted Florio to write this book this way, but, after following his site for twenty years, I have a feeling he has a much better book in him, with in-depth behind-the-scenes essays in it. I really wanted to love this book. I don’t dislike it enough to request a credit refund; I just don’t love it.

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Insightful and entertaining look into the NFL

An insightful and entertaining look into current matters in the NFL. Quick-paced and engaging, Playmakers covers a variety of relevant topics: the Draft; new and old penalties and rules; the treatment and development of players and coaches; off-field behavior of players, coaches, and owners; the impact that legalized gambling could have on the League; and more. Even if you have been following Florio for years, you are going to enjoy his astute (and humorous!) analysis of the matters the NFL has recently faced or will be facing in the near future.

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Worth the time and money

Cool to hear some behind the scenes stories and confirmation of rumors we’ve heard over the years. I do not like this narrator though.

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a great book very enjoyable reading

this book is very enjoyable loved it really insightful I recommend it highly you'll learn a lot

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very disappointed

if you have even a basic understanding of the game and do basic headline reading about the game you already know 90 percent of what is written.

this book is an utter waste of time for anyone who has a basic level of understanding of football.

the author's reaches of logic are ludicrous in many many instances. he constantly flip flops back and forth applying one set if rules to a situation, then a complete different set of rules to a similar situation, contradicting himself time after time.

how he got paid to wrote this book is beyond me.

he may be the biggest patriot apologist on the planet. he shows no journalistic integrity at all in his story telling.

example, in his telling patriots owner robert kraft stood up for the little guy in fighting charges, despite the fact he got caught going to a rub and tug place. i laughed out loud.

i only finished the book to see just how ridiculous the author would get. it was the only thing this book delivered.

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The last two decades of NFL revisited (and some insights/concerns for the future)

Playmakers is an enjoyable reading/listening that helps fans - die-hard or casual - remind the most notable happenings involving the NFL - on and off the field - in the last two decades or so. The (audio)book contains facts that, depending on the topic, also have personal opinions by the author, especially by the last chapter where there are ideas about the future of the league, and which is up to the reader/listener to decide whether or not to agree with it (I happen to agree with almost every one of his personal opinions, past, present, and future). I felt this book inclined to be more of a pro-player, pro-sport, and a bit of anti-ownership, anti-business effort. However, business practices are praised and players' behaviors are criticized when praise and criticism are due. There’s a little bias on it, but not heavily biased. All in all, it is a good listen worth of anybody's time.

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Pointless

If you follow football, most of this is just stories that you already know. Sleepy.

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Ain't nothing new

This is a boring review of everything a "real" football fan already knows. Typical BS from a liberal elite media type that is vomit worthy. Hypocrite of the highest order extolling the virtues Colin K as a victim of his politics while saying the NFL forgives all as long as you can play. Collin K can't play. You don't know the NFL Mike. Stop pretending that you do. He's a Fraud. He knows it. You should too. Save a credit for something else.

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All old stuff nothing exciting. If you are an NFL fan nothing interesting for you.

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  • London Girl
  • 09-28-22

Good Book

The level of behind the scenes detail that Mike went into provided me with a vast appreciation for the players that make it in the NFL. Anyone that has an interest in the sport, this book or audio book is a must read or listen.

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  • Luke Regan
  • 09-26-22

a book of two halves

loved it until the author went overboard on gambling.

far too much of the second half goes onto hypothetical ramblings about a regulator due to "wagering "

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  • Kirk
  • 08-16-22

Massive Dissapointment

As someone who enjoys PFT i was really looking forward to this book, however i was left feeling massively dissapointed!

The book is split into a large number of topics, which range from the draft to the future of the game. However, what quickly becomes apparent is the authors complete hatred for those that run the league. Fair enough, in certain respects that contempt could possibly be justified. But the same repetitive whinging just becomes tiresome.

The last segment about The Future should be renamed 'The future of legalised gambling'. If i wanted to listen to a book about that subject then I would have bought one.

All in all, just a huge letdown!

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  • Mr and Mrs Harrop
  • 05-29-22

Fascinating

hugely enjoyable and massively informative, esp for those not deeply deeply ingrained in NFL. beautiful writing and superb analysis/commentary. and read with wonderful clarity and personality on the audiobook.