All of us are missing sports and hopefully they miss us too. You know you have watched a lot of Hulu, Netflix, and Tiktok videos so we thought you might need a little break from streaming. We looked through our bookshelves and cranked out a list of books that center around sports. If we can’t watch live sports, maybe we can immerse ourselves in the accomplishments of our favorite athletes and relive awesome sports moments.
Phil Knight: Shoe Dog
This book is a memoir of the creator of Nike, Phil Knight. It centers around his life as a long-distance runner and his desire to start something innovative in the world of running shoes. It delves into the struggles he faced when a company he was in a partnership with screwed him over and how he rose up from that to start Nike. He built a $30 billion dollar business from a $50 loan from his father. If you need some inspiration to become an entrepreneur then this is the book.
Bill Walsh: The Score Takes Care of Itself
If you have ever been a fan of the NFL then you have heard the name Bill Walsh. He was a legendary coach for the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford Cardinals, but is most remembered for his popularization of the West Coast Offense. In 1979 he was hired on as the San Francisco 49ers head coach right when the 49ers were coming off a 2-14 season. He began to restructure the core values and culture of the franchise. In just two seasons, the 49ers had a Super Bowl victory. Walsh went on to win two more Super Bowls with the 49ers. This book is all about the underdog pushing hard to come out on top.
Mark Cuban: How to Win at the Sport of Business
Okay so this one doesn’t center around sports, per se. However, Mark Cuban IS Dallas sports, so we wanted to include it. Cuban’s story is tantalizing because it shows success doesn’t just happen. He worked extremely hard and had a ton of failures before hitting it big. He continues to innovate and diversify his businesses. It’s a quick read, but packed with a ton of wisdom.
Jeanne Marie Laskas: Concussion
The movie was popular, but the book is better. This tracks the research and findings of Dr. Bennet Omalu and his work on CTE. It shows the deception the NFL used to cover up what it knew to be true about the sport of football. Dr. Omalu risked it all to get the truth out and to inform the players and the public about the damaging effects a sport like football can have on the human brain. I wrote a paper in law school on the NFL lawsuit based around Dr. Omalu’s findings before the movie or book came out. It was eye-opening to say the least.
Do you have any suggestions for us? Let us know!
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