The 2019 LSU football team isn’t done breaking records. Purple & Golden, a commemorative championship book put together by The Advocate and Times-Picayune, has broken Pediment Publishing’s record for sports books sold with nearly 20,000 purchased.
The record was previously held by the Philadelphia Inquirer for its book remembering the Eagles’ Super Bowl win in 2018. About 2,000 copies of Purple & Golden remain, the companies said Monday night. This 160-page, hardcover book contains features stories and photos from the award-winning sportswriters and photographers of The Advocate and Times-Picayune.
We publish sports books for newspapers across the country, and we’ve never seen a fan base as energized as Tigers fans, said Chris Fension, president of Pediment Publishing. We knew something special was taking place when fans pre-ordered 3,800 copies before the versus Oklahoma. We call these folks ‘diehard fans’ because they reserved their copies before knowing if LSU would even compete in the National Championship.