13 September 2009
Peter Berg's documentary on Wayne Gretzky, his decision to leave Edmonton for Los Angeles, and that decision's effects on hockey and its fans.
12 September 2009
This episode tells the story of the overnight relocation of the Baltimore Colts to the city of Indianapolis. We explore the reactions of the fans, the various actions and interviews with the teams owner and finally how the band kept the spirit of a professional football team alive until the arrival of the Baltimore Ravens in 1996.
20 October 2009
The story of the rise and fall of the United States Football League, focusing on two owners: John Bassett, who wanted the league to compete in the spring; and Donald Trump, who wanted to take on the NFL and play in the fall.
27 October 2009
|Michael Tollin|| ... ||Himself - Director|
|Donald J. Trump|| ... ||Himself - Owner, New Jersey Generals (as Donald Trump)|
|Harry Usher|| ... ||Himself - USFL Executive|
|Steve Ehrhart|| ... ||Himself - USFL Consultant|
|Marv Albert|| ... ||Himself - Announcer (archive footage)|
|Howard Cosell|| ... ||Himself - ABC Sports (archive footage)|
|Peter Spivak|| ... ||Himself - Acting Chairman, USFL|
|Chet Simmons|| ... ||Himself - USFL Commissioner|
|Herschel Walker|| ... ||Himself - Running Back, New Jersey Generals|
|Dom Camera|| ... ||Himself - Marketing Director, USFL|
|Charley Steiner|| ... ||Himself - Broadcaster, New Jersey Generals|
|J. Walter Duncan|| ... ||Himself - Owner, New Jersey Generals|
|Vister Hayes|| ... ||Himself - Player (archive footage)|
|Lee Majors|| ... ||Himself - Actor, The Fall Guy (archive footage)|
|Jim Lampley|| ... ||Himself - ABC Sportscaster|
|John F. Bassett|| ... ||Himself - Owner, Tampa Bay Bandits (as John Bassett)|
|Burt Reynolds|| ... ||Himself - General Partner, Bandits|
|Jim McVay|| ... ||Himself - Marketing Director, Bandits|
|Nate Newton|| ... ||Himself - Guard, Bandits|
|Steve Spurrier|| ... ||Himself - Coach, Bandits (archive footage)|
|Chuck Pitcock|| ... ||Himself - Guard, Bandits|
|Bill Simmons|| ... ||Himself - ESPN.com|
|Kelvin Bryant|| ... ||Himself - Half Back, Stars (archive footage)|
|Keith Jackson|| ... ||Himself - Announcer|
|Bobby Hebert|| ... ||Himself - Quarterback, Michigan Panthers|
|Lee Corso|| ... ||Himself - Coach, Orlando Renegades|
|Franklin 'Pepper' Rodgers|| ... ||Himself - Coach, Memphis Showboats|
|Buford Jordan|| ... ||Himself - Running Back, Boston Breakers|
|Gary Barbaro|| ... ||Himself - Safety, New Jersey Generals|
|Chuck Fairbanks|| ... ||Himself - Coach, New Jersey Generals (archive footage)|
|Brian Sipe|| ... ||Himself - Quarterback, New Jersey Generals (archive footage)|
|Walt Michaels|| ... ||Himself - Coach, New Jersey Generals (archive footage)|
|Kevin MacConnell|| ... ||Himself - Director of Public Relations, New Jersey Generals|
|Carl Peterson|| ... ||Himself - General Manager, Philadelphia Stars|
|David Dixon|| ... ||Himself - Founder, USFL|
|Jim Mora Sr.|| ... ||Himself - Coach, Philadelphia Stars|
|Mike Rozier|| ... ||Himself - Running Back, Pittsburgh Maulers (archive footage)|
|Reggie White|| ... ||Himself - Defensive End, Memphis Showboats (archive footage)|
|Doug Williams|| ... ||Himself - Quarterback, Oklahoma Outlaws|
|Jim Kelly|| ... ||Himself - Quarterback, Houston Gamblers|
|Jerry Argovitz|| ... ||Himself - Owner, Houston Gamblers|
|George Foreman|| ... ||Himself - Boxer (archive footage)|
|Allan Risher|| ... ||Himself - Quarterback, Arizona Wranglers|
|Fred Bullard|| ... ||Himself - Owner, Jacksonville Bulls|
|Steve Young|| ... ||Himself - Quarterback, Los Angeles Express|
|Chris Dufresne|| ... ||Himself - L.A. Times Sportswriter|
|Rick Neuheisel|| ... ||Himself - Quarterback, San Antonio Gunslingers|
|Jimmy Gould|| ... ||Himself - President, New Jersey Generals|
|Doug Flutie|| ... ||Himself - Quarterback, New Jersey Generals|
|Ivana Trump|| ... ||Herself - Donald Trump's Wife (archive footage)|
|Lynn Swann|| ... ||Himself - ABC Announcer (archive footage)|
|Roy M. Cohn|| ... ||Himself - Attorney (archive footage)|
|Roone Arledge|| ... ||Himself - ABC Sports Programming Director (archive footage)|
|Scott Fitzkee|| ... ||Himself - Wide Receiver, Baltimore Stars (archive footage)|
|Dan Rather|| ... ||Himself - Newscaster (archive footage)|
|Peter Leisure|| ... ||Himself - USFL v. NFL Judge|
|Pete Rozelle|| ... ||Himself - NFL Commissioner (archive footage)|
|Frank Rothman|| ... ||Himself - NFL Attorney (archive footage)|
|Maria Shriver|| ... ||Herself - Newscaster (archive footage)|
|Margaret Lillienfeld|| ... ||Herself - Juror|
|Sean Landeta|| ... ||Himself - Punter, Philadelphia Stars|
|Eric Truvillion|| ... ||Himself - Wide Receiver, Bandits|
|Craig James|| ... ||Himself - Running Back, Washington Federals|
We follow the preparations for Ali's final attempt to win back the World Heavyweight title. Even during the lead up to the fight grave concerns were held for Ali's health and the man who stepped into the ring was frail imitation of his former self.
3 November 2009
This episode tells the story of the rise of Len Bias as a future basketball superstar. Shortly after being drafted by the Boston Celtic's Len died of a heart attack apparently induced by cocaine.
10 November 2009
This film follows the career of Jimmy Synder, a professional gambler. He helped legitimize betting in NFL games by finding ways to give points spreads during pre-game shows. His demise was both dramatic and swift when he finally stepped over the mark.
Season 1, Episode 7: The U12 December 2009
This episode follows the rise to prominence of the University Of Miami after years of indifferent results. New coach Howard Schnellenberger revitalized the program by introducing fresh blood and fresh attitude into the team.
|Billy Corben|| ... ||Himself - Director|
|John Green|| ... ||Himself - Vice President, UM (archive footage) (as Dr. John Green)|
|Luther Campbell|| ... ||Himself - Hip Hop Artist, 2 Live Crew|
|Tolbert Bain|| ... ||Himself - Defensive Back, 1983-1987|
|Bennie Blades|| ... ||Himself - Defensive Back, 1984-1987|
|Howard Schnellenberger|| ... ||Himself - Heach Coach, 1979-1983|
|Sam Jankovich|| ... ||Himself - Athletic Director, 1983-1990|
|Bernie Kosar|| ... ||Himself - Quarterback, 1982-1984|
|Art Kehoe|| ... ||Himself - Defensive Line Coach, 1981-2005|
|Don Bailey Jr.|| ... ||Himself - Center, 1979-1982|
|Willis McGahee|| ... ||Himself - Running Back, 2000-2002|
|Duane Starks|| ... ||Himself - Defensive Back, 1995-1997|
|Santana Moss|| ... ||Himself - Wide Receiver, 1997-2000|
|Brett Perriman|| ... ||Himself - Wide Receiver, 1984-1987|
|Jerry Rushin|| ... ||Himself - GM, 99 Jamz & Hot 105|
|Melvin Bratton|| ... ||Himself - Running Back, 1983-1987|
|James T.|| ... ||Himself - Host, Hot 105 Radio|
|Kevin Brinkworth|| ... ||Himself - Running Back, 1991-1996|
|Robert Bailey|| ... ||Himself - Defensive Back, 1987-1990|
|Drew Rosenhaus|| ... ||Himself - Sports Agent & UM Grad|
|Jeremy Shockey|| ... ||Himself - Tight End, 2000-2001|
|Steve Walsh|| ... ||Himself - Quarterback, 1985-1988|
|Alonzo Highsmith|| ... ||Himself - Running Back, 1983-1986|
|Michael Irvin|| ... ||Himself - Wide Receiver, 1984-1987|
|Carlos Huerta|| ... ||Himself - Kicker, 1987-1991|
|Jimmy Johnson|| ... ||Himself - Heach Coach, 1984-1988|
|Dan Le Batard|| ... ||Himself - Miami Herald Columnist|
|Leon Searcy|| ... ||Himself - Offensive Line, 1987-1991|
|Randal Hill|| ... ||Himself - Wide Receiver, 1987-1990|
|Kelvin Harris|| ... ||Himself - Offensive Line, 1987-1991|
|Jonathan Vilma|| ... ||Himself - Linebacker, 2000-2003|
|Mario Cristobal|| ... ||Himself - Offensive Line, 1988-1992|
|Lamar Thomas|| ... ||Himself - Wide Receiver, 1988-1992|
|K.C. Jones|| ... ||Himself - Center, 1992-1996|
|Don Soldinger|| ... ||Himself - Coach, 1984-1988 & 1995-2005|
|Jerome Brown|| ... ||Himself - Defensive Tackle, 1983-1986 (archive footage)|
|Bob Rubin|| ... ||Himself - Sports Columnist, Miami Herald (archive footage)|
|Ryan McNeil|| ... ||Himself - Defensive Back, 1988-1992|
|Dennis Erickson|| ... ||Himself - Head Coach, 1989-1994|
|John Routh|| ... ||Himself - Sebastian the Ibis, 1984-1992|
|Butch Davis|| ... ||Himself - Head Coach, 1995-2000 (archive footage)|
|Dwayne Johnson|| ... ||Himself - Miami Player (archive footage) (uncredited)|
A film that explores the rivalry between the Indiana Pacers and New York as seen through the eyes and actions of Reggie Miller star player of the Indiana Pacers.
Season 1, Episode 9: Guru of Go3 April 2010
We follow the career of Paul Westhead who became famous as a coach for his fast break system of play. His career encompassed winning NBA and WNBA titles and intense controversy at the college level.
10 April 2010
There has always been questions raised about Allen Iverson's conviction for a fight he was involved in as a young man. The film maker goes back to his home town to try and understand the events and how they have left a mark on the town he calls home.
20 April 2010
Charts the origins of fantasy sports games from a small lunchtime group known as the rotisserie league to the multi-million dollar industry it is today. The show also explores how none of the founders made money or even play the game anymore.
27 April 2010
This documentary follows the life of Ricky Williams, a star for the Miami Dolphins who walked away from the sport over drug allegations. Ricky tells a different story about betrayal and turning his back on what many value - fame fortune and celebrity status.
4 May 2010
This documentary showcases the South African "Springbok" National Rugby Team and its impact on South Africa's transition from segregation to integration. It involves interviews with players and political activists along with vintage video.
23 April 2010
For rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube the emergence of gangster rap will be forever linked to the Oakland Raiders' move to Los Angeles in 1982. He turns the camera on himself to tell how his genre-defining group NWA forged an unlikely relationship with the Raiders, a team whose swagger and style captivated LA during their troubled 13-season stay.
16 June 2010
documents on how the events on the day OJ Simpson was pursued and arrested on charges of murdering his ex wife and her boyfriend overshadowed and took precedence over other sporting events from around the country by the media. No additional footage or voiceover was shot and the entire documentary is encapsulated in sound bites from various feeds on the day.
14 May 2010
The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar.
24 April 2010
In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur, and by 16 he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations, instead, focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of "what's next." His motivations stem purely from his own ambitions, and even without endorsements, cameras, fame and fans, Hoffman would still be working to push the boundaries of gravity. Academy Award nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, will showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to "Big Air."
24 August 2010
In the fall of 1993, in his prime and at the summit of the sports world, Michael Jordan walked away from pro basketball. After leading the Dream Team to an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and taking the Bulls to their third consecutive NBA championship the following year, Jordan was jolted by the murder of his father. Was it the brutal loss of such an anchor in his life that caused the world's most famous athlete to rekindle a childhood ambition by playing baseball? Or some feeling that he had nothing left to prove or conquer in basketball? Or something deeper and perhaps not yet understood? Ron Shelton, a former minor leaguer who brought his experiences to life in the classic movie "Bull Durham," will revisit Jordan's short career in the minor leagues and explore the motivations that drove the world's most competitive athlete to play a new sport in the relative obscurity of Birmingham, Alabama, for a young manager named Terry Francona.
31 August 2010
The story of Cody Webster, playing for the little league for the town of Kirkland, WA, experiencing the unexpected, unprepared and unwanted attention he faced after taking part in the biggest upset in the history of Little League.
7 September 2010
On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, Mike Tyson, the WBC heavyweight champion, attempted to take Bruce Seldon's WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At this point in his career, Tyson's fights had become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, where the ever present hype of the professional boxing scene would come face to face with the worlds of big business, Hollywood, and hip hop. Sitting ringside was controversial rapper Tupac Shakur. Shakur and Tyson were friends, a feeling of kinship linked them as each rose to stardom from poverty only to be thrown in prison. Following Tyson's victory, Shakur and "Iron Mike" were to celebrate at an after party, but the rap star never arrived. Shakur was brutally gunned down later that night, and the scene in Las Vegas quickly turned from would-be celebratory revelry to ill fated and inopportune tragedy. Director Reggie Bythewood, with the full cooperation of Mike Tyson, will tell not only the story of that infamous night but of the remarkable friendship between Tyson and Tupac. .
Season 1, Episode 21: Unmatched14 September 2010
The first time Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova stepped onto a tennis court together, the world scarcely noticed. Only a few hundred spectators saw the pert 18-year-old beat the scrappy 16-year-old Czech in 1973. "I remember that she was fat," Evert recalled. "She was very emotional on the court, whining if she didn't feel she was playing well. But I remember thinking, if she loses weight, we're all in trouble." Said Navratilova, "My goal was for her to remember my name." Eighty matches later -- amid the extraordinary growth of women's tennis -- Evert not only remembered, but became a tried and true friend and confidante, remarkable considering the two appeared to be polar opposites in upbringing, life styles and personal relationships. Through a series of personal conversations, filmmakers Nancy Stern Winters and Lisa Lax, along with producer Hannah Storm, tell the story of one of the greatest one-on-one sports rivalries and capture these two extraordinary athletes' views on tennis and an ever-changing world.
21 September 2010
Love him or hate him, there is no denying that George Steinbrenner has been one of the most colorful and successful owners in contemporary sports. Heading up a group that bought the New York Yankees in 1973 for $10 million, "King George" emphatically branded the world's most celebrated sports franchise as his own. The Boss has boasted 10 pennants, 6 World Series trophies and a corporate net worth more than $1 billion. But for all the glory and riches, the Steinbrenner legacy is also mixed with wasteful and embarrassing spending and countless episodes of tabloid-style soap. Now with George's health seriously failing, the Steinbrenner heirs are finally beginning to emerge from their father's larger-than-life shadow as they collectively move his franchise into a new home and a new era.
28 September 2010
In 1980, Terry Fox continued his fight against bone cancer with the pursuit of a singular, motivating vision: to run across Canada. Three years after having his right leg amputated six inches above the knee after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, Fox set out to cover more than a marathon's distance each day until he reached the shores of Victoria, British Columbia. Anonymous at the start of his journey, Fox steadily captured the heart of a nation with his Marathon of Hope. However the 21-year old BC native's goal was not fame, but to spread awareness and raise funds for cancer research. After 143 days and two-thirds of the way across Canada, with the eyes of a country watching, Fox's journey came to an abrupt end when newly discovered tumors took over his body. Two-time NBA MVP, proud Canadian, and first-time filmmaker Steve Nash will share Fox's incredible story of perseverance and hope.
5 October 2010
The Boston Red Sox overcome "The Curse" and defeat the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series. In the process, they also become the first team ever to win a series after trailing three games to none.
10 October 2010
Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights. After conquering Europe, they both went to America where they became the first two foreign players to attain NBA stardom. But with the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, Yugoslavia split up. A war broke out between Petrovic's Croatia and Divac's Serbia. Long buried ethnic tensions surfaced. And these two men, once brothers, were now on opposite sides of a deadly civil war. As Petrovic and Divac continued to face each other on the basketball courts of the NBA, no words passed between the two. Then, on the fateful night of June 7, 1993, Drazen Petrovic was killed in an auto accident. "Once Brothers" will tell the gripping tale of these two men, how circumstances beyond their control tore apart their friendship, and whether Divac has ever come to terms with the death of a friend before they had a chance to reconcile.
19 October 2010
Natural. Rock star. Outsider. In the 1980s, race car driver Tim Richmond lived his life the way he raced cars - wide open. Born into a wealthy family, Richmond was the antithesis of the Southern, blue-collar, dirt-track racers who dominated NASCAR. He also was a flamboyant showman who basked in the attention of the media and fans - especially the attention of female admirers. Nevertheless, it was Richmond's on-track performances that ended up drawing comparisons to racing legends. And in 1986, when he won seven NASCAR races and finished third in the Winston Cup series points race, some believed he was on the verge of stardom. But soon his freewheeling lifestyle caught up to him. He unexpectedly withdrew from the NASCAR racing circuit, reportedly suffering from double pneumonia. In reality, the diagnosis was much more dire: He had AIDS. Richmond returned to the track in 1987, but he was gone from the sport by the next year as his health deteriorated. He spent his final days as a recluse, dying on Aug.13, 1989, at the age of 34. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rory Karpf will examine the life and tragic death of one of NASCAR's shooting stars.
26 October 2010
"The Natural is supposed to be a blue-eyed boy who teethed on a 36-ounce Louisville Slugger. He should run like the wind and throw boysenberries through brick. He should come from California." Steve Wulf, Sports Illustrated, 1981. So how was it that a pudgy 19-year-old Mexican left-handed pitcher from a remote village in the Sonoran desert, unable to speak a word of English, could sell out stadiums across America and become a rock star overnight? In Fernando Nation, Mexican-born and Los Angeles-raised director Cruz Angeles traces the history of a community that was torn apart when Dodger Stadium was built in Chavez Ravine and then revitalized by one of the most captivating pitching phenoms baseball has ever seen. Nicknamed "El Toro" by his fans, Fernando Valenzuela ignited a fire that spread from LA to New York -- and beyond. He vaulted himself onto the prime-time stage and proved with his signature look to the heavens and killer screwball that the American dream was not reserved for those born on U.S. soil. In this layered look at the myth and the man, Cruz Angeles recalls the euphoria around Fernando's arrival and probes a phenomenon that transcended baseball for many Mexican-Americans. Fernando Valenzuela himself opens up to share his perspective on this very special time. Even 20 years later, "Fernandomania" lives.
2 November 2010
Few athletes in Olympic history have reached such heights and depths as Marion Jones. After starring at the University of North Carolina and winning gold at the 1997 and '99 World Track and Field Championships, her rise to the top culminated at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. There, she captivated the world with her beauty, style and athletic dominance as she sprinted and jumped to three gold medals and two bronze. Eventually, though, her accomplishments and her reputation would be tarnished. For years, Jones denied the increasing speculation that she used performance-enhancing drugs. But in October 2007, she finally admitted what so many had long suspected -- that she had indeed used steroids. Jones was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to federal investigators and soon saw her Olympic achievements disqualified. Now a free woman, Jones is running in a new direction in life and taking time to reflect.
9 November 2010
In 1981, college athletic recruiting changed forever as a dozen big-time football programs sat waiting for the decision by a physically powerful and lightning-quick high school running back named Marcus Dupree. On his way to eclipsing Herschel Walker's record for the most touchdowns in high school history, Dupree attracted recruiters from schools in every major conference to his hometown of Philadelphia, Miss. More than a decade removed from being a flashpoint in the civil-rights struggle, Philadelphia was once again thrust back into the national spotlight. Dupree took the attention in stride, and committed to Oklahoma. What followed, though, was a forgettable college career littered with conflict, injury and oversized expectations. Eight-time Emmy Award winner Jonathan Hock examined why this star burned out so young and how he ultimately used football to redeem himself.
11 December 2010
SMU puts together the best football team in America during the early 1980s with the help of bribes and payoffs, until the NCAA gives the team the "Death Penalty"--a sanction from which the team has yet to competitively recover.
Season 2, Episode 1: Broke2 October 2012
According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress. Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders, saddled with medical problems, and naturally prone to showing off, many pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life. Drawing surprisingly vulnerable confessions from retired stars like Keith McCants, Bernie Kosar and Andre Rison, as well as Marvin Miller, the former executive director of the MLB Players Association, this fascinating documentary digs into the psychology of men whose competitive nature can carry them to victory on the field and ruin off it. Director Billy Corben (The U, Cocaine Cowboys, Limelight) paints a complex picture of the many forces that drain athletes' bank accounts, placing some of the blame on the culture at large while still holding these giants accountable for their own hubris. A story of the dark side of success, "Broke," is an allegory for the financial woes haunting economies and individuals all over the world.
Season 2, Episode 2: 9.79*9 October 2012
In the history of the Olympics, there's never been a controversy quite like what ensued over the 100 meter race at Seoul in 1988. The match brought together Carl Lewis (USA) and Ben Johnson (Canada) who had been fierce competitors. Lewis was known as a savvy careerist who became an American hero at the previous Los Angeles Olympics. Johnson was his chief rival, considered an underdog due to his recovery from a pulled hamstring. In less than 10 seconds, Johnson edged out in front of Lewis to win the Seoul race. But that wasn't the end. Three days later, in a reversal of fortune, the Olympic committee announced that Johnson had failed a drug test, losing his medal to Lewis in disgrace. A mystery still shrouds the race. Was Johnson exceptional in his drug usage or merely the fall guy for a widespread practice? Six of the eight finalists in the 1988 race have since been implicated for drugs -- although some still deny any wrongdoing. Filmmaker Daniel Gordon, digs into the controversy, conducting extensive interviews with Lewis and Johnson as well as their competitors, coaches and Olympic insiders. He uncovers layers of intrigue, deception and favoritism that change our perception of the way this story has previously been told. The Seoul race wound up being the world's wake-up call to drugs in sports. Now the problem runs rampant throughout professional and amateur athletics. As drug-testing gets more sophisticated, so do means of evading it. This powerful story forces us to question what we expect from our athletes as they pursue records in the name of national pride. This story from the past is vital to understanding the future of sports.
16 October 2012
On December 10, 2010, Sotheby's auctioned off what could be considered the most important historical document in sports history -- James Naismith's original rules of basketball. "There's No Place Like Home" is the story of one man's fanatical quest to win this seminal American artifact at auction and bring the rules "home" to Lawrence, Kansas, where Naismith coached and taught for over 40 years.
Season 2, Episode 4: Benji23 October 2012
In 1984, Chicago was in the heady grip of a Black Renaissance. Harold Washington was mayor, Michael Jordan had just signed with the Bulls, Oprah Winfrey was hosting a local morning show, and on the South Side a young man named Ben Wilson was the most talked-about basketball prospect in a city that was known for its great hoops talent. Handsome, gentle and magnetic, Ben Wilson's magical ability on the court was matched by his popularity in his school and neighborhood. In his junior year, he led Simeon High School to its first state championship. And that summer, he was named America's number-one high school basketball player by the nation's leading talent scouts. Then, on the eve of his senior season, the career of this exceptional youngster was abruptly and tragically cut short. Ben's grim fate sent ripples of horror through the city and the country. BENJI tells the story of a legend who might've been.
30 October 2012
In the fall of 1962, a dramatic series of events made Civil Rights history and changed a way of life. On the eve of James Meredith becoming the first African-American to attend class at the University of Mississippi, the campus erupted into a night of rioting between those opposed to the integration of the school and those trying to enforce it. Before the rioting ended, the National Guard and Federal troops were called in to put an end to the violence and enforce Meredith's rights as an American citizen. Two people died and hundreds more were injured during the riots. Against this backdrop, the University of Mississippi football team was in the early stages of what would prove to be an unprecedented season in school history. Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Fritz Mitchell, "Ghosts of Ole Miss" explores the intersection of that football team with the Civil Rights history being made on campus. Told through the perspective of writer and Mississippi native Wright Thompson, the film explores the tumultuous events that not only continue to shape the state half a century later, but also led to his discovery of a personal family connection to the story.
8 December 2012
A close look at Bo Jackson, a sports hero of mythical proportions, and how the "Bo Knows" Nike campaign shaped how the world perceived him. Without winning a Super Bowl or World Series, or even having what some consider a "great" career in either sport, Bo will be forever be known as one of the greatest and most famous athletes of all time. This film will look at the marketing of athletes, impossible expectations and the legend of Bo Jackson.
17 March 2013
Follows the life of Valvano. It includes reflections by some players many years later.
23 April 2013
In the spring of 1983, a new generation of superstars was poised to enter the NFL. Six quarterbacks were selected in the first round of that draft - still the most ever. Elway to Marino explores this landmark draft.
1 October 2013
Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau chronicles the remarkable life and times of the late Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea. With its rich combination of archival imagery, dramatic reenactments, contemporary interviews and meticulously researched historical source material Hawaiian is a compelling examination of the tragic decline and extraordinary rebirth of the Hawaiian culture as personified by a native son whose dynamic life and heroic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.
8 October 2013
When the NBA merged with the American Basketball Association in 1976, four ABA franchises joined the more established league - the Nets, Nuggets, Pacers and Spurs.
Season 2, Episode 11: No Más15 October 2013
In the midst of boxing's contemporary golden age -Â the 1980's -Â stood two fighters who established a captivating rivalry; Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.
Season 2, Episode 12: Big Shot22 October 2013
In 1996, the once-dominant New York Islanders were in serious trouble. Lousy performance and poor management were driving away the hockey franchise's loyal fan base. The team hit bottom. Then along came a Dallas businessman named John Spano, who swooped in and agreed to buy the team for 165 million dollars. Things began to look up for the Islanders - way up. But it was all smoke and mirrors. Big Shot goes inside an extraordinary scandal that engulfed the Islanders. Featuring the only interview Spano has ever given about the Islanders deal, this film is an unforgettable tale of a dream that became a lie - and how a scam of such epic proportions initially went undetected.
29 October 2013
When Jimmy Connors arrived in New York for the 1991 U.S. Open, the one-time tennis superstar was 8 years removed from his last Grand Slam singles title, ranked 174th in the world and approaching his 39th birthday. Not exactly a recipe for success. But on the verge of a quick first-round exit, Connors suddenly and unexpectedly re-captured the magic, embarking on a stirring and extraordinary run than included an epic contest with Aaron Krickstein on his way to the semifinals. This is What They Want not only illuminates this highly improbably march past a series of talented and youthful adversaries, it also explores how Connors became a polarizing and provocative personality who helped make tennis a high-octane spectator sport.
5 November 2013
Bernard King arrived to Knoxville, he was only the third African American ever to play for the Vols' varsity team. By the time he left he was a legend. In his freshman year he dazzled fans in Knoxville, and with talented teammate Ernie Grunfeld, gained national acclaim as part of what was known as "The Ernie and Bernie Show". King was a three time SEC player of the year, a consensus All-American in 1977 and drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the first round. We will learn about King's strict upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, the success he enjoyed and the challenges he faced at the University of Tennessee, and the obstacles he overcame in the NBA as he looked to live up to the promise of his college career. "It may sound egotistical to say, but I never surprised myself-or almost never-because I prepared to be successful. When it all came together, I was the best in the game." Bernard King
14 December 2013
Youngstown Boys is a feature documentary exploring class and power dynamics in college sports through the parallel, interconnected journeys of Maurice Clarett and Jim Tressel. These two stars emerged from opposite sides of the tracks in Youngstown, Ohio. They joined together for a magic season at Ohio State University in 2002 and a national championship. Shortly thereafter, Clarett was banished from college football and began a downward spiral that ended with a prison term. Tressel continued at Ohio State for another eight years before his career there also ended in scandal. Now, both Youngstown Boys are attempting to reinvent themselves and resurrect their lives.
16 January 2014
The world couldn't keep its eyes off two athletes at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer - Nancy Kerrigan, the elegant brunette and Tonya Harding, the feisty blonde engulfed in scandal. Just weeks before the Olympics on January 6, 1994 at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Kerrigan was stunningly clubbed on the right knee by an unknown assailant and left wailing, "Why, why, why?" As the bizarre "why" mystery unraveled, it was revealed that Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, had plotted the attack with his misfit friends to literally eliminate Kerrigan from the competition. Now two decades later, The Price of Gold takes a fresh look at the worldwide spectacle that elevated the popularity of professional figure skating and has Harding still facing questions over what she knew when she knew it.
16 March 2014
30 for 30 Present: Requiem For The Big East chronicles the meteoric ascension of the Big East conference, and how in less than a decade, it became the most successful college basketball league in America.
Season 2, Episode 18: Bad Boys17 April 2014
The Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early '90s seemed willing to do anything to win. That characteristic made them loved -- and hated. It earned them the title: Bad Boys.
22 July 2014
Before Lance Armstrong, there was Greg LeMond, who is now the first and only American to win the Tour de France. In this engrossing documentary, LeMond looks back at the pivotal 1986 Tour, and his increasingly vicious rivalry with friend, teammate, and mentor Bernard Hinault. The reigning Tour champion and brutal competitor known as "The Badger," Hinault 'promised' to help LeMond to his first victory, in return for LeMond supporting him in the previous year. But in a sport that purports to reward teamwork, it's really every man for himself.
7 October 2014
The mob, including Jimmy Burke, become the focus of a point shaving controversy at Boston College.
12 October 2014
Game three of the 1989 World Series is just underway and a devastating earthquake shakes the Bay Area to its core.
21 October 2014
In the early 1970s, America was being torn apart by the war in Vietnam, racial unrest in the streets and distrust of the White House. But there was a happy place where men of different backgrounds showed people what could happen when you worked together: yes, Madison Square Garden. In "When the Garden Was Eden," director Michael Rapaport chronicles the glorious and glory years of the New York Knicks, when they made the NBA Finals in three out of four seasons, winning two titles. Stitched together by Red Holzman, the historically mediocre Knicks might have seemed an odd collection of characters: a forward from the rarefied air of Princeton (Bill Bradley), two players from the Jim Crow South (Willis Reed and Walt Frazier), a blue collar guy from Detroit (Dave DeBusschere), a pair of inner city guards (Earl Monroe, Dick Barnett), even a mountain man from Deer Lodge, Montana (Phil Jackson). But by embracing their differences and utilizing their strengths, they showed the NBA-and the world-what it was like to play as a team. That they did it on the stage that New York City provided made it all that much sweeter.
28 October 2014
In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made for each other. The Oklahoma coach and the linebacker he recruited to play for him were both out-sized personalities who delighted in thumbing their noses at the establishment. And in their three seasons together (1984-86), the unique father-son dynamic resulted in 31 wins and two Orange Bowl victories as Bosworth was awarded the first two Butkus Awards. But then Bosworth's alter ego: "The Boz," took over both their lives and ultimately destroyed their careers. In "Brian and The Boz," Bosworth looks back on the mistakes he made and passes on the lessons he learned to his son. It's a revealing portrait of a man who had and lost it all, and a trip back to a time when enough just wasn't enough.
4 November 2014
"Brothers in Exile" tells the incredible story of Livan and Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, who risked their lives to escape Cuba. Livan left first--banking on his status as the hottest young prospect in Cuba he defected via Mexico and signed with the Florida Marlins, for whom he became one of the youngest World Series MVPs in history in 1997. Staying behind was Orlando, who was banned from professional baseball in Cuba for life because he was suspected of having helped Livan escape. Then, on Christmas 1997, an increasingly frustrated and harassed Orlando left Cuba in a small boat. He was stranded on a deserted island for days before being picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard. Less than a year later, "El Duque" was helping pitch the New York Yankees to a world championship, completing a most unlikely journey for two half-brothers who rode their arms to freedom and triumph.
11 November 2014
Life story of NFL wide receiver Randy Moss who grew up in Rand, West Virginia. Made by filmmaker Marquis Daisy in a journey back to the small town where troubles with the law nearly derailed Moss's career before he landed at Marshall University and began making national headlines on the football field.
13 December 2014
Produced in 2009 for the 30 for 30 series, "The U" took a look at all that was good and bad about the rise of the University of Miami's football program in the 1980s. But that wasn't the end of the story. "The U Part 2" picks up where the original film left off, with the program trying to recover from the devastation left by NCAA sanctions and scandals that had some calling for the school to drop football. The Hurricanes rose from those ashes to win another national championship, only to face a new controversy when a booster, who made his fortune through a Ponzi scheme, won favor with the program.
8 February 2015
The story of one of the greatest upsets in sports history has been told. Or has it? On a Friday evening in Lake Placid, a plucky band of American collegians stunned the vaunted Soviet national team, 4-3 in the medal round of the 1980 Winter Olympic hockey competition. Americans couldn't help but believe in miracles that night, and when the members of Team USA won the gold medal two days later, they became one for the ages. But there was another, unchronicled side to the "Miracle On Ice." The so-called bad guys from America's ideological adversary were in reality good men and outstanding players, forged into the Big Red Machine by the genius and passion of Anatoli Tarasov. There was a reason they seemed unbeatable, especially after routing the Americans in an exhibition the week before the Winter Games began. And there was a certain shame in them having to live the rest of their lives with the results of February 22, 1980.
15 March 2015
He made perhaps the most dramatic shot in the history of the NCAA basketball tournament. He's the only player to start in four consecutive Final Fours, and was instrumental in Duke winning two national championships. He had looks, smarts and game. So why has Christian Laettner been disliked so intensely by so many for so long? Maybe it was the time he stomped on the chest of a downed player, or the battles he had with his teammates, or a perceived sense of entitlement. But sometimes, perception isn't reality. "I Hate Christian Laettner" will go beyond the polarizing persona to reveal the complete story behind this lightning rod of college basketball. Featuring extensive access to Laettner, previously unseen footage and perspectives from all sides, this film will be a "gloves-off" examination of the man who has been seen by many as the "Blue Devil Himself."
|Rob Lowe|| ... ||Narrator (voice)|
|Christian Laettner|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Basketball Player (also archive footage)|
|Dick Vitale|| ... ||Himself - ESPN College Basketball Analyst|
|Mike Krzyzewski|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Men's Basketball Coach|
|Jay Bilas|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Assistant Basketball Coach, 1990-'92|
|Bobby Hurley|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Guard, 1989-'93 (also archive footage)|
|Gene Wojciechowski|| ... ||Himself - ESPN.com Senior Writer|
|Grant Hill|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Forward, 1990-'94 (also archive footage)|
|Doug Collins|| ... ||Himself - Coached Christian Laettner in NBA|
|Jalen Rose|| ... ||Himself - University of Michigan Guard, 1990-'94 (also archive footage)|
|Ken Jeong|| ... ||Himself|
|Ric Flair|| ... ||Himself - Professional Wrestler|
|Ryan McGee|| ... ||Himself - ESPN the Magazine Senior Writer|
|Cherokee Parks|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Center, 1991-'95|
|Peter Rosenberg|| ... ||Himself - Producer, 'This Is Why Duke Sucks'|
|Mark Anthony Neal|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Professor|
|Kathleen Hessert|| ... ||Herself - Image Consultant and Brand Manager|
|Ariel Helwani|| ... ||Himself - Journalist, Radio Host|
|Andy Bagwell|| ... ||Himself - Coauthor, 'Duke Sucks'|
|Jim Calhoun|| ... ||Himself - UConn Men's Basketball Coach, 1986-2012 (also archive footage)|
|Bonnie Laettner|| ... ||Herself - Christian Laettner's Mother|
|Leanne Laettner|| ... ||Herself - Christian Laettner's Sister (also archive footage)|
|George Laettner|| ... ||Himself - Christian Laettner's Father|
|Jim Kramer|| ... ||Himself - Christian Laettner's High School Coach|
|Kevin Flanigan|| ... ||Himself - Childhood Friend of Christian Laettner|
|Christopher Laettner|| ... ||Himself - Christian Laettner's Brother (also archive footage) (as Chris Laettner)|
|Johnny Dawkins|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Basketball Player (archive footage)|
|Danny Ferry|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Basketball Player (archive footage)|
|Brian Davis|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Guard, 1988-'92|
|Michael Eric Dyson|| ... ||Himself - Georgetown University Professor|
|Alonzo Mourning|| ... ||Himself - Georgetown University Basketball Player (archive footage)|
|Anderson Hunt|| ... ||Himself - UNLV Basketball Player, 1989-'91 (also archive footage)|
|Jimmy King|| ... ||Himself - University of Michigan Basketball Player, 1991-'95|
|Mickie Krzyzewski|| ... ||Herself - Mike Krzyzewski's Wife (also archive footage)|
|Eric Montross|| ... ||Himself - University of North Carolina Basketball Player, 1990-'94 (also archive footage)|
|Rod Sellers|| ... ||Himself - UConn Basketball Player, 1988-'92 (also archive footage)|
|Roy Williams|| ... ||Himself - University of Kansas Men's Basketball Coach, 1988-2003|
|Aminu Timberlake|| ... ||Himself - University of Kentucky Basketball Player, 1991-'93 (also archive footage)|
|Sean Woods|| ... ||Himself - University of Kentucky Basketball Player (also archive footage)|
|Mike Brey|| ... ||Himself - Duke University Assistant Basketball Coach, 1987-'94|
|Shaquille O'Neal|| ... ||Himself - Louisiana State University Basketball Player (archive footage)|
|Katie Culpepper|| ... ||Herself - Christian Laettner's Sister (also archive footage)|
|Sidney Lowe|| ... ||Himself - Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach (archive footage)|
|Hubert Davis|| ... ||Himself - Former NBA Teammate of Christian Laettner|
|Maria Taylor|| ... ||Herself - ESPN Reporter, Host|
Season 2, Episode 29: Sole Man16 April 2015
Sole Man offers a snap-shot into how America's playground sport became a sophisticated and increasingly soulless business. Meet Sonny Vaccaro, a true original, whose motives and staggering set of relationships played a seminal role in creating the big-money, multimedia, international phenomenon called basketball.
Season 2, Episode 30: Angry Sky30 July 2015
In 1965, at the height of the space race, Nick Piantanida launched the first civilian space program. A truck driver and exotic pet dealer from New Jersey, Piantanida had no formal training, no college degree and barely enough money to support his devoted wife and their three children. But he had a dream-to take a balloon to the edge of the atmosphere and jump out. If he succeeded, he'd set a world record as he free-fell back to earth for nearly 17 minutes. "Angry Sky" is the story of a man whose dream took him to the edge of space but whose obsession led to his tragic downfall.
Season 3, Episode 1: Trojan War13 October 2015
The rise and fall of USC Trojans football during Pete Carroll's coaching tenure.
16 October 2015
This documentary explores the story of the Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz
and Dave Schultz
and their turbulent relationship to the eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont
3 November 2015
Examines Bill McCartney and his sometimes-controversial mixture of football and evangelicalism as Colorado Buffaloes head coach in the 1990s, including a national championship.
10 November 2015
Explores the years that Evander Holyfield spent trying to arrange his first fight with Mike Tyson.
12 December 2015
A behind the scenes look at the Buffalo Bills four trips to the Super Bowl during the early 1990's.
4 February 2016
One of the greatest football teams ever assembled, the 1985 Chicago Bears were a team of big talent, big egos, and big success. This documentary explores that success and the players behind it, as well as the questions surrounding the lack of a repeat performance.
13 March 2016
A documentary examination of the accusations of sexual misconduct against the Duke University lacrosse team that were ultimately found to be baseless
14 April 2016
In the mid-1990s, Orlando was the center of excitement in the NBA. The young franchise, led by mega-stars Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway, beat the mighty Bulls en route to the 1995 NBA Finals. While it was clear Orlando was a dynasty in the making, the Magic's moment on top was never fully realized.
15 May 2016
There's a special place on the southern shore of Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Known as Cleveland, it is the site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the home of the Indians, the Browns and the Cavaliers. But it's also the home of an agonizing losing streak. Of all American cities that have at least three major sports franchises, Cleveland is the only one that has failed to win a championship in the last half-century. Those sports teams, and the hearts they've broken over and over again, have inspired a different name for the city, and the title for this 30 for 30 film: Believeland. Directed by Ohio native Andy Billman, this evocative documentary will take you on a trip that goes back 50 years and captures the seminal ups and downs of the once-thriving metropolis - Superman, after all, was created there. Despite the economic and athletic misfortunes, and the T-shirt that reads "God Hates Cleveland," the people still believe and worship Jim Thome and Jim Brown and LeBron James. But they also can't forget Edgar Renteria and John Elway and Michael Jordan, the men who extinguished their dreams of a long-awaited championship. Painful as it is, Believeland is a celebration of faith, a testament to how much sports mean to Cleveland, and how much Cleveland means to sports.
14 July 2016
When former New York Mets superstars Dwight "Doc" Gooden and Darryl Strawberry were good, they were great. They were the biggest stars on a team that captured the imagination of New York City and won the 1986 World Series. But when life spiraled out of control for both men, they broke the hearts of Mets fans. The pitcher and the power hitter look back on the glory days of the mid-80s and the harrowing nights that turned them from sure Hall of Famers into prisoners of their own addictions.
18 October 2016
They were the most popular fraternity on the campus of college basketball in the early 1980s. Led by a Nigerian soccer player named Hakeem Olajuwon and a lightly recruited hometown kid named Clyde Drexler, the University of Houston Cougars not only electrified the NCAA Final Four with three straight appearances (1982-84), but they also helped transform the game itself. In this 30 for 30 film, director Chip Rives brings back the high-flying circus act under ringmaster Guy V. Lewis and spins a tale of true greatness and crushing heartbreak. But while exploring that larger narrative, Rives also focuses on the disappearance of enigmatic role player Benny Anders and the lasting brotherhood that compels teammates and 1981-82 co-captains Eric Davis and Lynden Rose to try and find him after more than two decades of mystery.
1 November 2016
The popular but polarizing former golfer John Daly is the subject of the latest in ESPN's 30 for 30 series.The documentary covers his career and subsequent struggles.
10 December 2016
On October 15, 1988, Notre Dame hosted the University of Miami in what would become one of the greatest games in college football history. It was tradition vs. swagger, the No. 4-ranked Fighting Irish versus the No. 1-ranked Hurricanes, one coaching star, Lou Holtz, versus another, Jimmy Johnson. But the name still attached to the contest came from a t-shirt manufactured by a few Notre Dame students: "Catholics vs. Convicts." In this 30 for 30 documentary, director and narrator Patrick Creadon (Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A.) doesn't just look back on the epic game. He explores the deeper narrative as a Notre Dame senior at the time, a close friend to the young men in the middle of the "Catholics vs. Convicts" controversy (Joe Fredrick and Pat Walsh) and a fellow classmate of the player behind center for the Fighting Irish (quarterback Tony Rice). The coaches and players open up about the fight that started the game, the highly debatable calls that are still being talked about and the insensitive aspects of the irresistibly popular t-shirt. As compelling as the tale of Notre Dame's dramatic victory is-even losing quarterback Steve Walsh calls it "a helluva ballgame"-the backstory is just as riveting.
2 February 2017
A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Ebersol and McMahon launched the XFL. It was hardly the first time a league had tried to compete with the NFL, but the brash audacity of the bid, combined with the personalities and charisma of Ebersol and McMahon and the marketing behemoths of their respective companies - NBC and WWE - captured headlines and a sense of undeniable anticipation about what was to come. Bringing together a cast of characters ranging from the boardrooms of General Electric to the practice fields of Las Vegas, "This Was the XFL" is the tale of - yes - all that went wrong, but also, how the XFL ended up influencing the way professional team sports are broadcast today. And at the center of it all - a decades long friendship between one of the most significant television executives in media history and the one-of-a-kind WWE impresario. This film will explore how Ebersol and McMahon brought the XFL to life, and why they had to let it go.
13 April 2017
The life and career of John Calipari, one of the most polarizing figures in modern college basketball, weaving his story around that of his 2015-16 Kentucky team.
13 June 2017
This entry in ESPN's 30 for 30 series looks at the origins of the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s that revived - and saved - the NBA.
14 June 2017
The 1984 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers cause a nation to take sides.
14 June 2017
13 July 2017
Mike Francesa and Chris Russo, and their "Mike and The Mad Dog" show ruled afternoon sports talk for 19 years. They were distinctly different personalities who often clashed on and off the air, but when all was said and done, they changed sports radio forever.
25 February 2015
Ted Williams was one of the most beloved and well documented baseball icons of all time. When the record setting hitter's life ended on July 5th 2012, his body was cryonically preserved at Alcor International and the unconventional decision shocked the national. From contradicting facts and multiple wills, to family disputes, the line between fact and fiction was blurred in the media hysteria that followed the icon's death. AN IMMORTAL MAN walks the viewers through the winding tale of family drama to unravel the mystery surrounding Ted Williams end of life.
18 October 2011
20 October 2015
The fight of Sacramento and its mayor Kevin Johnson to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
20 April 2014
11 March 2015
This "30 for 30" will focus on the back story of that game interviewing Princeton Coach Pete Carril, several of the Princeton players involved in the fame as well as Ivy League Athletic Director Jeff Orleans who had lobbied the NCAA extensively to preserve the right of smaller conferences to participate.
30 March 2014
In the winter of 2003 two cities went after the same man. On one side, New York. On the other, Boston. In the middle, the hired gun: Alex Rodriguez. In a 36-hour period, the best player in the league went from the messiah of the Red Sox to the savior of the Yankees. This is the story of all the good, the bad and the eventual contract signed by Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees.
13 March 2011
The 1991 University of Michigan men's basketball recruiting class in which five freshman known as The Fab Five revolutionized college basketball. This film covers the success, cultural changes, scandal, and of course The Timeout.
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