Before The League

The story of the people and towns that made pro football America's biggest sport.

The 6-part documentary story of the people and towns that made pro football America's biggest sport.

“Before the League” examines how small towns like Canton and Massillon, Ohio were the blueprint for fielding early pro teams as well as fostering healthy rivalries. As precursors to the NFL, teams like the Akron Pros, Dayton Triangles, Portsmouth Spartans, Ironton Tanks, Shelby Blues, Oorang Indians, Rochester Jeffersons, Buffalo All-Americans, Milwaukee Badgers and Columbus Panhandles laid the groundwork for the successes of today’s big city teams.


Jason Pheister

Jason Pheister

Jason Pheister is a accomplished producer, director and writer with success in long and short form dynamic content. He is an award-winning show creator and executive producer of several nationally-acclaimed documentaries and news programs. His work has appeared on CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Regional PBS, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Channel One, Time Warner Cable, Fox Sports and ESPN. His passion is telling the underdog's untold story no matter the circumstance. In addition to documentary and entertainment program direction and creation, he has spent several years as an Executive Producer of local and regional news and sports productions. Pheister is a recipient of several Emmy,® Telly, and SPJ Awards for his work in varied mediums and formats across the country. His recent work on “Before The League” was a four year project seeded by his time living in Ohio where he was inspired to showcase the pride of several small towns that trace their history to the foundation of the NFL. His projects include additional stories of the founding pillars of the NFL including historical documentaries on legendary NFL coaches Vince Lombardi and Paul Brown.


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