Weidenfeld & Nicolson has landed a history of American football told through 20 classic matches by Gridiron magazine editor Matthew Sherry.
Any Given Sunday: The NFL’s Epic 100-Year History in 20 Games will be published in September 2020, coinciding with the centenary of the NFL’s formation in 1920 and in advance of the 2020 London Games in October. UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired from David Luxton of DLA.
The publisher said Sherry’s book, the only narrative history on the sport published for a UK and European readership, would be the “go-to title” for fans. It said: “Through the prism of twenty significant matches, Matt Sherry charts the history of this sport from its humble beginnings in Ohio to the behemoth it has become today. Whilst the sport’s popularity remains huge in the United States, it has made serious inroads into the UK’s sporting landscape. Every year four matches featuring NFL teams sell out in days and demand is only getting bigger. NFL fans are committed and hungry for some literature covering their beloved sport. This the perfect book for them.”
Sherry said: “The NFL’s journey to its current standing is not only a remarkable story, but one I’m extremely honoured to tell. Working in the industry over the last six years has been extremely rewarding, but there has been no greater thrill than putting together this book. I’ve made multiple trips around the Unites States and interviewed some of the greatest names in the game’s history. I believe this has allowed me to do this remarkable tale justice, and I cannot wait to share it.”