More Than Rivals




Susan Michels

Pierre Romain

Stephen Sunderland

Nancy Cuomo Bailey





Anthony Pizzo

Nick Castle


The story of “More Than Rivals” is based on the original screenplay entitled, ”“UNION” which became a NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER by, Ken Abraham, who was commissioned to write the book for The Christian publisher, Revell. (


The book has also received the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval for 18+ aged readers. The audiobook won the Excellence Award from the Communicator Awards (among 6,000 entries globally) in 2017.

More Than Rivals is based on a true story about Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon who grew up on opposite sides of the tracks in Gallatin, Tennessee. They knew the barriers that divided them-some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart-but those barriers melt away when the boys were on the basketball court. After years of playing whenever they could find a hoop. Eddie and Bill rose as leaders of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High face each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill-and transform their town. A story of courage, determination, hope and forgiveness.