Donald Trump

How Trump's USFL Debacle Predicted His Presidency

Matt Welch talks with sportswriter Jeff Pearlman about his new book, Football for a Buck


Sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has a new book out in three weeks titled Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL. Because this is 2018, the book has a trailer. Because the collapse of the USFL—which was a competitor to the National Football League from 1983-85—is inextricably linked to a certain sitting president, you need not imagine what the book trailer focuses on:

I will be interviewing Pearlman tomorrow this morning during the first hour of my last guest-hosting gig this week with Stand UP! with Pete Dominick on SiriusXM Insight (channel 121) from 9-12 a.m. ET, asking how Trump's '80s pro-football experience has colored his obsession with the NFL three decades later, and his overall managerial/business approach.

Other interview guests are scheduled to include:

* Journalist (and recent Reason podcast interview subject) Nancy Rommelmann, who will talk about the narrative-complicating charges and counter-charges and counter-counter-charges about Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento paying a settlement to man she allegedly slept with when he was 17 years old.

* Comedian (and Nick Gillespie-debater on the topic of libertarianism and comedy) Jeremy McLellan on his unusual journey in becoming a comic beloved by Muslim audiences.

* L.A. Times columnist and Reason contributor (and recent Gillespie interview subject) Gustavo Arellano on his recent column thanking former California governor Pete Wilson for inspiring a backlash among the Golden State's Mexican-American population.

There will be more space than usual for slinging the bull with callers; take the bait! 1-877-974-7487.