Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports"

A general view of a giant American Flag stretched across the field during the performcance of the National Anthem prior to the New York Giants hosting the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  - (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

A general view of a giant American Flag stretched across the field during the performcance of the National Anthem prior to the New York Giants hosting the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports"

The author of a new book on sports says football is in serious need of reform. From low graduation rates among college players to harmful concussions: what it will take to clean up America's game.

Monday Night Football. Super Bowl Sunday. The big homecoming day game. New Year’s college bowls. It’s hard to imagine a sport more American than football. The game hasn’t been embraced anywhere in the world quite like it has in the United States. Gregg Easterbrook, author of the new book, “King of Sports," says without football “there would still be 50 stars on the flag ... but America wouldn’t be quite the same.” But Easterbrook argues the game is in serious need of reform at all levels. Diane discusses football’s impact on America and what it will take to clean up the sport.

Guests

Gregg Easterbrook

author, "The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America". He is a contributing editor of "The Atlantic Monthly" and "The Washington Monthly", and a columnist for ESPN.com.

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From "The King Of Sports" by Gregg Easterbrook. Copyright © 2013 by Gregg Easterbrook. Reprinted by permission of St. Martin's Press. All rights reserved.

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