30 for 30

Know more About this Show: ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ...

Genre: Documentary

Country: USA

Duration: 60 min

Quality: HD

Release: 2009

IMDb: 8.8

Season 1 - 30 for 30
"The 1988 trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings and the effect it had on Gretzky, the fans in Edmonton, and the popularity of hockey in Southern California."
"A profile of Baltimore's love affair with football and the Colts, focusing on the Colts Marching Band. After the Colts decamped for Indianapolis in 1984, the band remained in Baltimore and helped promote the eventual return of the NFL to the city."
"Fresh interviews and archival footage track the life and demise of the United States Football League in the mid-1980s. A highlight is Tollin's interview with Donald Trump, the former New Jersey Generals owner whose post-interview comments on the league give this documentary its title."
"Muhammad and Larry is a documentary film directed by Alberts Maysles and Bradley Kaplan for ESPN's documentary film series 30 for 30."
"Without Bias is a documentary film directed by Kirk Fraser for the ESPN documentary series 30 for 30. It is the story of Len Bias, the University of Maryland basketball star, whose death by cocaine overdose days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics altered drug policy in the United States."
"The Legend of Jimmy the Greek is the 6th episode of ESPN's documentary film series, 30 for 30. The documentary, directed by Fritz Mitchell, examines the rise and fall of Jimmy the Greek, the legendary sports handicapper who rose to fame as part of CBS' NFL studio show The NFL Today."
"The U is a 2009 documentary film produced by Miami-based media studio Rakontur and directed by Billy Corben. The U covers the rise and dominance of the Miami Hurricanes football team during the late 1980s and early 1990s, with comments from players like Ray Lewis, two-time Super Bowl champion.\n\nThe film premiered December 12, 2009 after the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN as a part of their 30 for 30 documentary series. The U's premiere drew 2.3 million viewers, the most ever for a documentary on the sports cable network until the debut of Pony Excess, another college football documentary about the Southern Methodist University football scandal in the 1980s."
"\"If you\u2019re a basketball fan, you know that one of the great NBA rivalries in the mid-1990s was between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks. In classic David-meets-Goliath style, the two teams faced off in thrilling seven-game battles during the 1994 and 1995 playoffs. In Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks, Dan Klores focuses on the Pacers\u2019 master showman, Reggie Miller, who was as skilled at three-pointers as he was at trash talking. Not only did he antagonize the Knicks; he antagonized a whole city and relished every minute of it\u2014just ask Spike Lee.\n\nWinning Time entertains on many levels: it goes beyond the action on the court and delves into the psychology of the game. By deftly weaving humorous interviews with exciting archival footage, Klores has created a film that appeals to both the die-hard fan and someone who has never seen a game.\"\n\nQuoting the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site."
"Guru of Go is a documentary film directed by Bill Couturi\u00e9 that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson is a 2010 documentary film produced by Kartemquin Films for ESPN's 30 for 30 series and directed by Steve James. No Crossover details the February 14, 1993 bowling alley riots of then high school basketball phenom and future NBA superstar, Allen Iverson, and how the incident, trial and eventual conviction of Iverson divided the town of Hampton, Virginia.\n\nThe documentary features camcorder footage from the February 14, 1993 riots at a bowling alley where Iverson and his young friends were accused of attacking adults with chairs. The incident allegedly stemmed from racial epithets said by the white adult high school students from neighboring Poquoson to Iverson and his friends. Iverson was specifically accused of striking a white woman. While vital to the prosecution, the videotape of the incident is unclear and it is difficult to make out any of the individuals involved. Despite punches thrown by both parties involved, only Iverson and his friends Melvin Stephens, Samuel Wynn and Michael Simmons, were charged in the incident. Iverson was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but after four months at Newport News City Farm correctional facility, Iverson was pardoned by Governor Doug Wilder and was released from custody."
"Silly Little Game is a film directed by Lucas Jansen and Adam Kurland."
"Run Ricky Run is a film directed by Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni."
"The 16th Man is a documentary film directed by Cliff Bestall that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"\"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. Ice Cube 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.\"\n\nQuoting the program notes from the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival site."
"June 17th, 1994 is a documentary film directed by Brett Morgen that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"\"Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andr\u00e9s Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a fanatical love of soccer. Andr\u00e9s grew up to become one of Colombia's most beloved players, while Pablo became the most notorious drug baron of all time. While adeptly investigating the secret marriage of crime and sports, Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist (Favela Rising, TFF '05) reveal the surprising connections between the murders of Andr\u00e9s and Pablo.\"\n\nQuoting the description from the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival site."
"The Birth of Big Air is a documentary film directed by Jeff Tremaine that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"Jordan Rides the Bus is a documentary film directed by Ron Shelton that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"The 16th Man is a documentary film directed by Al Szymanski that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"One Night in Vegas is a documentary film directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"Unmatched is a documentary about tennis players Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert Lloyd, their decades-long fierce rivalry on the tennis court and their lifelong friendship. They met in 80 matches, 60 finals and 14 grand slam finals with Navratilova sporting a 43-37 advantage. Navratilova was sometimes described as the lesbian tennis player from a communist country: \"As one of the first openly gay sports figures, she has spent much of her career overcoming prejudices and stereotypes, giving up millions of dollars in endorsements and sponsorships as a result of her insistence on living a life of integrity and honesty.\" Evert Lloyd was described as the all-American girl next door. Today Navratilova is often cited as the greatest tennis player of all-time; she has won 167 singles titles, 177 doubles championships titles and 59 Grand Slam titles, she has been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, was the WTA\u2019s \u201cTour Player of the Year\u201d seven times, was declared one of the \u201cTop Forty Athletes of All-time\u201d by Sports Illustrated and was named \u201cFemale Athlete of the Year\u201d by the Associated Press. Navratilova has served as AARP\u2019s Health and Fitness Ambassador and is also involved with the LGBT movement, The Rainbow Card \u00ae and Rainbow Endowment. Evert Lloyd on the other hand reached more Grand Slam singles finals than any player, she has been president of the Women's Tennis Association and in 2005 she was named fourth on the list of the 40 Greatest Players of the Tennis Era by TENNIS Magazine. Evert Lloyd won 157 singles championships, 29 doubles titles and she won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles."
"The House of Steinbrenner is a documentary film directed by Barbara Kopple that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"Into the Wind is a 2010 documentary film which chronicles the story of Terry Fox. At the age of 18, Fox was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. The cancer had taken over his right leg, which was then amputated six inches above the knee. However, three years later, Fox set out to raise funds for cancer research and raise awareness by running 30 miles a day from the Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland to the Pacific Ocean in British Columbia, totaling over 4000 miles. The film was directed by the NBA star Steve Nash who grew up in Canada and followed Fox\u2019s run across the country as a kid in 1980, and narrated by Taylor Kitsch. Two thirds across Canada, Fox was once again diagnosed with cancer, which had spread to his lungs. Fox died at the age of 22, inspiring the Terry Fox Foundation.\n\nThe film aired on TSN2, in Canada on September 19, 2010, and on ESPN, in the United States on September 28, 2010, as part of the 30 for 30 series."
"Four Days in October is a documentary film directed by Gary Waksman that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"Once Brothers is a 2010 sports documentary film written and directed by Michael Tolajian. It was co-produced by ESPN and NBA Entertainment for ESPN's 30 for 30 series.\n\nThe film chronicles the relationship of two basketball players from SFR Yugoslavia\u2014Vlade Divac and Dra\u017een Petrovi\u0107. The duo played together on the Yugoslavia national basketball team from 1986 to 1990 and were at one time close friends, but the Yugoslav Wars drove them apart emotionally, as they came from opposing sides. Petrovi\u0107 died in an automobile accident in 1993 before the two could reconcile; much of film focuses on Divac's regret that they were never able to resolve their differences.\n\nParticipants in the film include: Toni Kuko\u010d, Dino Ra\u0111a, \u017darko Paspalj, Clyde Drexler, Danny Ainge, Rick Adelman, Kenny Anderson, Derrick Coleman, Bill Fitch, Larry Bird, Jan Hubbard, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Aleksandar Petrovi\u0107, Biserka Petrovi\u0107, etc.\n\nThe film's first ever public showing took place on 10 October 2010 at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Two days later on 12 October it had its television premiere on ESPN."
"Tim Richmond: To the Limit is a documentary film directed by Rory Karpf that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"Fernando Nation is a documentary film directed by Cruz Angeles that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"Marion Jones: Press Pause is a documentary film directed by John Singleton that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"The Best That Never Was is a documentary film directed by Jonathan Hock that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
"Pony Excess is a documentary film directed by Thaddeus D. Matula that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30."
Season 2 - 30 for 30
"More money, more problems. Broke digs into the psychology of men whose competitive nature carried them to victory on the field yet seemed to ruin them off the field."
"The 100-meter final at the Seoul Games was riddled in scandal. This one race still haunts the eight men who took part."
"On December 10, 2010, Sotheby\u2019s auctioned off the most important historical document in sports history: James Naismith's original rules of basketball. There\u2019s No Place Like Home is the story of one fan\u2019s obsessive quest to win the artifact at auction and bring the rules \"home\" to Lawrence, Kansas, where Naismith coached and taught for more than 40 years."
"In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a beloved, sweet-natured youngster from the city's fabled South Side, and America's most talented basketball prospect. His senseless murder the day before his senior season sent ripples through Chicago and the nation."
"In 1962, the University of Mississippi campus erupted in violence over integration and swelled with pride over an unbeaten football team. Mississippi native Wright Thompson explores the tumultuous events that continue to shape the state 50 years later."
"Bo Jackson hit 500 ft. home runs, ran over linebackers, and\u2014for a short period\u2014he was the best athlete we had ever seen. You Don\u2019t Know Bo takes a closer look at the man and marketing campaign that shaped his legacy. More than 20 years later, myths and legends still surround the famously press shy athlete, and his impossible feats still capture our collective imagination."
"When the 1982-83 college basketball season began, Jim Valvano and his North Carolina State Wolfpack faced high expectations with equally high aspirations. But with ten losses for the season, the Wolfpack\u2019s only hope of making the NCAA Tournament was to win the ACC Tournament and earn the conference\u2019s automatic berth. Nine straight improbable tournament wins later over the likes of Sampson, Jordan, Olajuwon and Drexler, N.C. State had \u201csurvived and advanced\u201d its way to a national championship. Director Jonathan Hock takes a poignant look through the eyes of senior captain Dereck Whittenburg at a dream fulfilled and explores what at times has been a tragic and heartbreaking aftermath in the 30 years since."
"In the spring of 1983, the NFL may have been at its weakest point. The previous season had been marred by a players strike, the upstart USFL was poaching star players and Al Davis was successfully suing the league. But the momentum began to change on April 26, 1983 \u2013 the day of the NFL Draft \u2013 when a new generation of superstars was poised to enter the league. Six quarterbacks were selected in the first round of that draft \u2013 still the most ever. Elway to Marino explores this landmark draft through the eyes of the players, head coaches, general managers, team owners and agents who participated \u2013 including Marvin Demoff, who represented both John Elway and Dan Marino, and kept a diary in the months leading up to the most dramatic draft day in NFL history. We\u2019ll learn the inside story of the draft picks, the back room deals, and the tension between future Hall of Famers and the teams that selected them."
"Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau is 2013 documentary action biography film directed by Sam George."
"The story of the colorful figures who made up the American Basketball Association's Spirits of St. Louis, and how Spirits owners Ozzie and Daniel Silna, with their team about to be left out in the ABA's merger with the NBA, managed to negotiate a deal that allowed the brothers' involvement in pro basketball to continue in a most unusual fashion."
"An inside look at the two boxing matches between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Dur\u00e1n in the 1980s, with insight from boxing experts, family members and the two fighters themselves."
"The story of how young businessman John Spano struck a deal to purchase the New York Islanders in 1996, only to be later revealed as a fraud and being near financial insolvency."
"The story of a 39-year-old Jimmy Connors and his unexpected and extraordinary underdog run at the 1991 US Open, where he played as a wildcard entrant and reached the semifinals of the men's singles draw."
"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..."
"\"Youngstown Boys\" explores class and power dynamics in college sports through the parallel, interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel. Clarett and Tressel emerged from opposite sides of the tracks in Youngstown, Ohio, and then joined for a magical season at Ohio State University in 2002 that produced the first national football championship for the school in over 30 years. Shortly thereafter, though, Clarett was suspended 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."
"The world couldnt keep its eyes off two athletes at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer - Nancy Kerrigan, the elegant brunette from the Northeast and Tonya Harding, the feisty blonde engulfed in scandal. Just weeks before the Olympics on Jan. 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 through Hardings turbulent career and life at the spectacle that elevated the popularity of professional figure skating and has Harding still facing questions over what she knew and when she knew it."
"\"Requiem For The Big East\" explores the meteoric ascension of the Big East Conference and how, in less than a decade under the innovative leadership of founder and commissioner Dave Gavitt, it became the most successful college sports league in America.\n\nTold primarily through the lens of famed Big East coaches such as Jim Boeheim, Lou Carnesecca and John Thompson as well as some of its most iconic players such as Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Ed Pinckney, the film chronicles the story of an extraordinary group who rode the rivalries and successes of their teams to become household names. The Big East was a groundbreaking athletic and business creation that encapsulated the era and region in which it was born -- from the toughness of the players and coaches hailing from some of the Northeast's most storied cities, to the executives and Wall Street brokers who thrived because of it.\n\nLaunched in 1979 -- the same year that ESPN was born -- the Big East used the burgeoning cable TV channel and the media as a whole to help spread its gospel and product to fans and future players across the country. But \"Requiem For The Big East\" is also a tale of change as the super conference eventually found itself in a new era fighting for survival."
"Few teams in professional sports history elicit such a wide range of emotions as the Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early '90s. For some, the team was heroic -- made up of gritty, hard-nosed players who didn't back down from anyone. And for others, it was exactly that trait -- the willingness to do seemingly anything to win -- that made them the \"Bad Boys,\" the team fans loved to hate.\n\nNo drama is complete without compelling characters, and the Bad Boys Pistons had a full cast. Viewers will see the many factors that drove one of the best -- and most complex -- players in NBA history: Isiah Thomas, a lethal combination of sweetness on the outside and toughness within. In addition, the team was characterized by the toughness of Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn; the quiet intensity of Joe Dumars; the savvy and fearlessness of a young Dennis Rodman; the comic relief provided by John Salley; and the mixture of grit, professionalism and style possessed by coach Chuck Daly.\n\nSandwiched between the Lakers' and Celtics' dominance of the 1980s and the Bulls' run in the 1990s, the Pistons' two titles in 1989 and '90 are often viewed as a transitional period in NBA history, rather than a dynamic championship era in its own right. But for anyone who experienced the Bad Boys in action, they more than carved out their own identity, both in the league and in American popular culture. Now, viewers will finally get the untold story behind one of the most unique championship teams in NBA history."
"American Greg Lemond helped teammate Bernard Hinault, The Badger, win the Tour de France as teammates. In 1986, it was supposed to be LeMond's turn, but would it be? It was a turning point in cycling."
"What happens when you combine \"Goodfellas\" with college basketball? You get \"Playing For The Mob,\" the story of how mobster Henry Hill -- played by Ray Liotta in the 1990 Martin Scorsese classic -- helped orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games in the 1978-79 season. The details of that point-shaving scandal are revealed for the first time on film through the testimony of the players, the federal investigators and the actual fixers, including Hill, who died shortly after he was interviewed. \"Playing For The Mob\" may be set in the seemingly golden world of college basketball, but like \"Goodfellas,\" this is a tale of greed, betrayal and reckoning. Ultimately, they both share the same message: With that much money at stake, you can't trust anybody."
"Soon after Al Michaels and Tim McCarver started the ABC telecast for Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, the ground began to shake beneath Candlestick Park. Even before that moment, this had promised to be a memorable matchup: the first in 33 years between teams from the same metropolitan area, a battle featuring larger-than-life characters and equally colorful fan bases. But after the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake rolled through, bringing death and destruction, the Bay Area pulled together, and baseball took a backseat. Through archival footage, previously untold stories from players, officials, San Francisco and Oakland citizens affected by the earthquake, and a scientific look back at what happened below the earth, \"The Day The Series Stopped\" will revisit that night 25 years ago. The record book shows that the A's swept the Giants, but that's become a footnote to the larger story of the 1989 World Series."
"In the early 1970s, America was being torn apart by the war in Vietnam, with racial unrest in the streets and a distrust of the White House. But there was a happier place where men of different backgrounds showed people what could happen when you worked together: Madison Square Garden. \"When The Garden Was Eden\" (based on the book by Harvey Araton) explores the only championship 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 previously 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 and 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 New York City provided made it all that much sweeter."
"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 outsized 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, including a national championship, as Bosworth was awarded the first two Butkus Awards. But Bosworth's alter ego -- \"The Boz\" -- was taking over. Eventually, he went on a downward spiral and became known as an NFL bust. In \"Brian and The Boz,\" the dual identities of Brian Bosworth are examined as he looks back on his life and passes on the lessons he's learned to his son."
"Major League Baseball has been transformed by the influx of Cuban players such as Aroldis Chapman, Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu. But a special debt of gratitude is owed to two half-brothers, whose courage two decades ago paved the way for their stardom. \"Brothers in Exile\" tells the incredible story of Livan and Orlando \"El Duque\" Hernandez, who risked their lives to get off the island. Livan left first, banking on his status as the hottest young prospect in Cuba, to defect via Mexico and sign with the Florida Marlins, for whom he soon 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 brothers who rode their arms to freedom and triumph."
"Randy Moss has long been an enigma known for his brilliance on the football field and his problems off it. Sometimes there's even been an intersection of those two qualities. \"Rand University\" gets to that crossing by going back to where he came from - Rand, West Virginia - and exploring what almost derailed him before he ever became nationally known for his extraordinary abilities as a wide receiver. After overcoming troubles with the law, losing the opportunities to play at Notre Dame and Florida State and then reviving his enormously promising football career at Marshall University, all that was good and troubling about Randy Moss materialized on the day of the 1998 NFL Draft. Twenty picks were made before the Minnesota Vikings selected him in the first round. Based on what unfolded throughout Moss's NFL career, the teams that passed on him may have had a mixture of regret and relief."
"Produced in 2009 by ESPN for its \"30 for 30\" series, \"The U\" was 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 new controversies when a booster used a Ponzi scheme to win favor with the program."
"The story of one of the greatest upsets in sports history has been told. Or has it? On a Friday evening in Lake Placid, New York, 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 a team for the ages.\n\nBut 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 Feb. 22, 1980.\n\nIn the 30 for 30 film \"Of Miracles and Men,\" director Jonathan Hock (\"The Best That Never Was\" and \"Survive and Advance\") explores the scope of the \"Miracle on Ice\" through the Soviet lens. His intense focus on the game itself gives it renewed suspense and a fresh perspective. But the journey of the stunned Soviet team didn't begin -- or end -- in Lake Placid."
"Christian Laettner helped Duke win two national titles in four straight trips to the Final Four. He had looks, smarts and game. So why has he been intensely disliked by so many for so long?"
"Sonny Vaccaro rose from Pennsylvania steel town roots to become one of the most powerful and influential men in the athletic shoe industry and in basketball."
"The story of Nick Piantanida, a New Jersey pet store owner and truck driver whose love of parachuting and skydiving puts him on a quest to break the record for the highest recorded parachute jump."
Season 3 - 30 for 30
"The rise and fall of USC Trojans football during Pete Carroll's coaching tenure."
"Explores the turbulent relationship between Olympic wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and their multimillionaire benefactor, John du Pont."
"Examines Bill McCartney and his sometimes-controversial mixture of football and evangelicalism as Colorado Buffaloes head coach in the 1990s, including a national championship."
"Explores the years that Evander Holyfield spent trying to arrange his first fight with Mike Tyson"
"In 1989, the Buffalo Bills were a talented team full of big personalities -- including future Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed. Dysfunction and in-fighting ran as deep as the talent in their locker room., but the team known as \"The Bickering Bills\" would soon transform themselves into an elite force.\n\nFrom 1990-1993, the Bills went on an unprecedented run of AFC Championship victories, appearing in a record four straight Super Bowls. Of course, that isn't what the Bills are mostly remembered for. This is the story of a team that went down in history not for herculean achievement of making four straight Super Bowls, but for losing them all."
"A look back at the 1985 Chicago Bears, a team built on ferocious defense, with big personalities who shuffled to a Super Bowl title. Jim McMahon, Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, Buddy Ryan and William Perry are among those appearing. Directed by Jason Hehir, with executive producers Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley."
"A documentary examination of the accusations of sexual misconduct against the Duke University lacrosse team that were ultimately found to be baseless"
"A look at the Shaquille O'Neal-led Orlando Magic teams of the 1990s and how they fell short of an NBA title."
"The film shares with viewers some of the highs, lows and most unforgettable moments in Cleveland sports history over the past 50 years. Believeland includes interviews from celebrities, public figures and former athletes with connections to the city."
"The connection between the lives and careers of former New York Mets Dwight \"Doc\" Gooden and Darryl Strawberry."
"A profile of the iconic Houston Cougars men's basketball teams of the 1980s, fronted by Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, whose explosive play and highlight-making slam dunks earned the team the nickname Phi Slama Jama."
"If professional golf were put to country music, then the song would be about John Daly. Ever since he shocked the sports world by winning the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick 25 years ago, the blond bomber from Dardanelle, Arkansas has been one of the most-popular and polarizing figures in a sport that cherishes its traditions and minds its manners. In this revealing and rollicking 30 for 30 film, directors Gabe Spitzer and David Fine cover Daly's rise and fall, his redemption at The Open in St. Andrews in 1995, and his struggles with booze, food, gambling, women and depression. They also uncover a person whose story runs much deeper than his motto of \"Sip It, Grip It, Rip It.\""
"A look at the notorious 1988 Notre Dame\u2013Miami football game and its personal and cultural impact. Creadon was a senior at Notre Dame when the game took place. His roommate that year was one of the people behind the controversial t-shirt that gave the game its name.(2 hours in length)"
"Two longtime friends, pro wrestling impresario Vince McMahon and NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol (Charlie Ebersol's father), team to form the XFL, a football league widely ridiculed during its brief run yet also appreciated as a forerunner of modern-day sports broadcasting."
"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\u201316 Kentucky team."
"A three-part series, initially airing on consecutive nights, exploring the Celtics\u2013Lakers rivalry, focusing mainly on the 1980s era of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson but also examining the entire history of the NBA through the rivalry. (Parts 1 & 3: 2 hours in length; Part 2: 1 hour in length)"
"The Celtics-Lakers rivalry ramps up in the 1984 Finals as a cast of characters\u2013led by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson\u2013who changed the NBA finally went head-to-head for a title. Directed by Jim Podhoretz and produced by Jonathan Hock."
"Conclusion of a look at the 1980s Celtics-Lakers rivalry, focusing on the three years after the 1984 NBA Finals, as the teams\u2019 disdain for each other gradually turns to respect while meeting in two more Finals. From filmmakers Jim Podhoretz and Jon Hock."
"Mike Francesa and Chris Russo, and their \"Mike and the Mad Dog\" show ruled afternoon sports talk for 19 years. When all was said and done, they changed sports radio forever."
"George Best, Northern Ireland's legendary star, remains one of the most naturally gifted soccer players ever. Best's skill and exuberance lifted Manchester United, but his career was over before he turned 29, the result of his battle with alcoholism."
"In any other year, the 1988 team from Dallas' Carter High School would have gone down as one of the greatest in Texas football history, featuring 28 players who received college scholarship offers, eight of whom would eventually play professional football. Fighting off racial prejudice and a grades controversy \u2014 not to mention the team that would overshadow them in book and film (Odessa Permian) \u2014 Carter would claim the state title, only to be rocked to their core when six of their players were involved in an armed robbery that changed the community's reputation to this day."
"During the 1987 players' strike, the Washington Redskins field a roster of replacement players that goes 3-0 and helps pave the way for the Redskins' Super Bowl victory. Thirty years on, those players bear the stigma of being dismissed as \"scabs\" by fans in general and Redskins management in particular."
"The unlikely rise and sudden fall of boxer Tommy Morrison."
"ESPN's Ric Flair 30 for 30 'Nature Boy' Gives Revealing Look into Wrestler's Private Life"
"A look at the relationship between NFL coaches Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Co-produced with NFL Films."
"The saga surrounding Indiana University firing coach Bob Knight in 2000."
"The life of NFL legend Junior Seau, from his upbringing in a Samoan immigrant family, through his path to NFL superstardom and status as a league icon, ending in his seemingly inexplicable suicide in 2012."
"Chronicles Buster Douglas' shocking knockout of the then-undefeated Mike Tyson at the Tokyo Dome on February 11, 1990."
"A look at Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, focusing especially on a 24-hour span in 1992 when he sandwiched an NFL game between a pair of Major League Baseball postseason games in cities separated by 1,000 miles."
"A portrait of the Dominican immigrants of New York in the '80s and '90s, seen through a loving family whose youngest son, Felipe Lopez, became the top ranked high school basketball player in the nation and was hailed as \"The Dominican Michael Jordan'. Embraced as an immigrant hero, then cast aside as an American failure, Felipe Lopez would eventually find happiness not as a basketball player, but as the man he was always meant to be."
"How Janet Guthrie faced scorn, skepticism, and subpar equipment to shock the racing world by becoming the first female driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500."
"A look at one of the biggest rivalries in sports, that of competitive eaters Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut."
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Season 4 - 30 for 30
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