For the second consecutive book review, I am discussing a book that has nothing to do with being a sports agent. I promise that the next one on the list will be all the sports agent you can handle. Anyway, I received The 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live directly from author, Robert Tuchman. He is a fan of the blog, so already, I was a fan of his. Tuchman worked in the sports event industry for 15 years with TSE Sports & Entertainment (which he founded) and at Premiere Global Sports, which bought TSE in 2006. The companies are in the business of helping tourists with travel accommodations and ticket needs and seem to be very respected in the industry. Undoubtedly, Tuchman’s work with the companies allowed him the opportunity to travel to all of the sporting events listed. I trust his analysis, even if he does plug TSE and Premier Global Sports a heck of a lot throughout the text!
The book goes through each of the 100 sporting events in order from what Tuchman believes is a must see before you die, to the 100th ranked event that you probably should see before you leave Earth. Not surprisingly, he ranks the Masters at number 1, followed by the World Cup at number 2. But I was a little surprised to see Army vs. Navy at #5. Without any offense to our armed services, I would rank a lot of other events he listed above that game.
The 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live is a very easy read. A lot of the information can be skipped over or skimmed until you actually make plans to attend the sporting event or travel to the event’s destination. My favorite part of the book was the historical and factual information. For instance, it’s always good to have a reference on hand that lets you know that the longest run from scrimmage in an NFL Super Bowl game was 75 yards by Willie Parker in Super Bowl XL.
Reading the book made me realize that I have a lot of events to look forward to in the future. I definitely like having a guide of events and places to attend in the future. It’s nice to know that I have at least been to one of Tuchman’s top 100: #7 World Series, #20 Final Four, and #80 Florida vs. Georgia Football Game.
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