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You have found the online home of John Eisenberg, the Baltimore-based author, sports columnist and speaker. This is the place to learn about (and buy) John’s books, track his latest columns and opinions, check out his blog and contact him about his books, the Baltimore Ravens, a speaking engagement or anything you want talk to him about!

John’s latest (and tenth overall) book was published in October 2018. The title is The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire. Set mostly in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, it focuses on the first generation of influential team owners, all now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The book chronicles how these men worked together to keep the league alive when it was a third-rate, failing enterprise, eventually setting it up to succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

Reviewers have offered high praise for The League. It is a "deeply researched, surprise-on-every-page and altogether marvelous new book," according to The Weekly Standard. Kirkus Reviews gave it a “starred” review, signifying a standout effort, and called it a “rich history” that was “thoroughly researched and gracefully told.” With the NFL commemorating its 100th season in 2019, John's book is the natural starting point for an exploration of pro football's origins. A paperback version of The League will be available in October 2019.

The publisher is Basic Books. Click here to find out where you can buy the book.

After a wonderful review of The League ran on the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal in November 2018, John began fielding inquiries from civic groups and businesses interested in hearing him recount his tale of the NFL's wild early decades. An engaging public speaker, John now has an appearance schedule that will keep him busy through 2019 as the 100th-season commemoration draws attention to the history of the NFL. He is also available to speak about lessons gleaned from the lives of Cal Ripken Jr., Lou Gehrig and Vince Lombardi, subjects of several of his earlier books. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with John through the contact page on this website if you're interested in booking him as a speaker. 

Aside from his work an author, John also comments on the current sports world as a columnist for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. This job marks his return to opinion-writing in a market in which he was a sports columnist for The Baltimore Sun for two decades. John's columns appear on the Ravens' digital channels on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and he also writes postgame analysis. You can check out what he has to say on Twitter, where he posts regularly. Stay tuned to see if the rumor about him hosting a Ravens podcast in 2019 is true. (Spoiler alert: It is.)

A native Texan, John graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and began his writing career at the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald in 1979 before joining the staff of The Baltimore Sun in 1984. He has covered major sports events such as the Super Bowl, World Series, Kentucky Derby, Final Four, Masters, Olympics, Wimbledon and soccer’s World Cup -- multiple times in all cases. Meanwhile, he wrote his first book in 1996, and his career in publishing continues!

No matter if he is writing about a famous football coach, a heartbroken horse racing jockey, or the big play from Sunday's game, John is known for unearthing original stories and bringing them to life with his clear-eyed analysis and lively narrative style. His previous book topics include the history of the Baltimore Orioles, his experience as a young fan of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s, the tragic breakdown of the horse Barbaro, and an outrageous North-South horse race that captivated the nation in 1823.

Come on in, check out his work -- and enjoy.