Let's Fix Work Episode 33Are you living your dream or someone else’s? What does it really take to land a promising writing career in 2018? Joining Laurie today is sports journalist and New York Times best-selling author Jeff Pearlman. They talk about Jeff’s amazing journey from screw up to best-selling author, the gig economy and the decline in the journalism industry, and the connection between politics and sports. You’ll discover why it matters that we speak out about important topics.

  • Jeff Pearlman’s “Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL,” promptly rose to become a best-seller. The content was drawn from over 400 interviews of unadulterated, unforgettable, and downright scandalous stories. Who wouldn’t want a copy? But no one becomes a best-selling author overnight. After all, writing is all about incremental learning. As you work the process, you’re always learning and growing. Jeff talks about his writing roots and how his career came to be.
  • The gig economy is upon us, and journalists haven’t been spared. Legends in the industry have been laid off and replaced with folks who will do the job well below the salary of a seasoned writer. The problem isn’t even about companies letting the tenured writers go in favor of the 20-something-year-olds. It’s that readers can’t seem to tell or feel the difference. Jeff and Laurie weigh in on what the future of work will be like for the next generation, and how we can prepare them for it.
  • Who would believe that politics and sports share such deep ties? Some people want to separate it — like  church and state — but according to Jeff, you can’t separate the two. Jeff and Laurie dive into the interesting connections and the nitty-gritty that binds the people, sports, and politics together.


Jeff Pearlman

Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL