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Inspired by ESPN's anniversary, ESPN Films is launching 30 for 30, an unprecedented documentary series featuring 30 of today's finest storytellers telling thirty remarkable stories from the ESPN era. On their own, each of the films will be an intimate look at a specific story, relevant to larger themes from the modern era. Collectively, these films will be a diverse mosaic of what sports has meant to American and World culture in the last thirty years. Each storyteller will bring their passion and personal point of view to their film detailing the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 to 2009.

Genres: Sports
Station: ESPN (US)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Running
Start: 2009-10-06

30 for 30 Season 2 Air Dates


S02E01 - Broke Air Date: 03 October 2012 01:00 -

An exploration of the road to fortune in sports and the eventual detours (for various reasons) to financial difficulties and bankruptcy, as experienced by top athletes including Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison, Keith McCants, and Cliff Floyd.


S02E02 - 9.79* Air Date: 10 October 2012 01:00 -

A profile of the Men's 100 meter final at the 1988 Summer Olympics and the lives of the 8 men who participated, including Ben Johnson (whose world-record run of 9.79 seconds was scrubbed after he tested positive for anabolic steroids) and Carl Lewis (who was awarded the gold medal after Johnson's disqualification).


S02E03 - There's No Place Like Home Air Date: 17 October 2012 01:00 -

The story of one fan's obsessive quest to purchase, at a 2010 auction, James Naismith's original rules of basketball, perhaps the most important historical document in American sports history, and to bring it "home" to Lawrence, Kansas, where Naismith taught and coached at the University of Kansas for 39 years.


S02E04 - Benji Air Date: 24 October 2012 01:00 -

The life of Ben Wilson, a well-regarded Chicago high school basketball star, and how his November 1984 murder (one day before the start of his senior season) had a wide-ranging impact.


S02E05 - Ghosts of Ole Miss Air Date: 31 October 2012 01:00 -

Mississippi native Wright Thompson explores tumultuous events of 1962, when the University of Mississippi campus both erupted in violence over integration and swelled with pride over its unbeaten football team, and how those incidents continue to shape the state 50 years later.


S02E06 - You Don't Know Bo Air Date: 09 December 2012 02:00 -

A profile of Bo Jackson and how his college and professional feats in two sports (baseball and football) captured the public's imagination and made Jackson a cultural (and marketing) icon.


S02E07 - Survive and Advance Air Date: 18 March 2013 01:00 -

A look at the North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball team's successful and improbable championship runs through the 1983 ACC and the 1983 NCAA tournaments.


S02E08 - Elway to Marino Air Date: 24 April 2013 01:00 -

A look at the 1983 NFL Draft and the six quarterbacks taken in its first round, specifically John Elway (the first overall pick) and Dan Marino (the last QB picked in Round 1). The film features the recollections of Martin Demoff, the agent for both Elway and Marino, who shares a personal diary he kept to chronicle the indecision the Baltimore Colts had with drafting Elway with the first pick or trading it away, as well as the other teams' interest in his two future-Hall of Fame clients.


S02E09 - Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau Air Date: 02 October 2013 01:00 -

A chronicling of the life of Eddie Aikau, a big wave surfer and lifeguard whose death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.


S02E10 - Free Spirits Air Date: 09 October 2013 01:00 -

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.


S02E11 - No Mas Air Date: 16 October 2013 01:00 -

An inside look at the two boxing matches between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Durán in the 1980s, with insight from boxing experts, family members and the two fighters themselves.


S02E12 - Big Shot Air Date: 23 October 2013 01:00 -

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.


S02E13 - This Is What They Want Air Date: 30 October 2013 01:00 -

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.


S02E14 - Bernie and Ernie Air Date: 06 November 2013 02:00 -

A profile of Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, their decades-long friendship, and their on-court partnership on the University of Tennessee basketball team, better known as the "Ernie and Bernie Show".


S02E15 - Youngstown Boys Air Date: 15 December 2013 02:00 -

The stories of two Ohio State football figures connected with Youngstown, Ohio, running back Maurice Clarett (a native of the city) and coach Jim Tressel (former head coach at Youngstown State University), their football exploits at OSU (including a national championship in 2002), and their scandalous exits from the school.


S02E16 - The Price of Gold Air Date: 17 January 2014 02:00 -

A profile of a January 6, 1994, incident at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where an unknown attacker strikes entrant Nancy Kerrigan — an assailant that is later revealed to be a hit man hired by the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, as part of a plan to prevent Kerrigan from competing in the 1994 Winter Olympics.


S02E17 - Requiem for the Big East Air Date: 17 March 2014 01:00 -

A recollection of the original Big East Conference, from its simple beginnings and regional rivalries to its national prominence as one of the most successful college basketball leagues, and how it ended up fighting for its survival in the 2010s during conference realignment.


S02E18 - Bad Boys Air Date: 18 April 2014 01:00 -

A look back at the Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Narrated by rapper Kid Rock, a native of nearby Romeo.


S02E19 - Slaying the Badger Air Date: 23 July 2014 01:00 -

An examination of the competitive nature that teammates Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault exhibited in the1986 Tour de France; a film based on Richard Moore's book of the same name.


S02E20 - Playing for the Mob Air Date: 08 October 2014 01:00 -

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How Mafia associate Henry Hill orchestrated a point-shaving scheme involving Boston College basketball. Narrated by Ray Liotta, who portrayed Hill in Goodfellas.


S02E21 - The Day the Series Stopped Air Date: 15 October 2014 01:00 -

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A 25-year retrospective of the Loma Prieta earthquake, which struck just before the scheduled start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.


S02E22 - When the Garden Was Eden Air Date: 22 October 2014 01:00 -

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A look back at the New York Knicks' championship teams of the 1970s.


S02E23 - Brian and The Boz Air Date: 29 October 2014 01:00 -

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The rise, fall, and post-football life of Brian Bosworth.


S02E24 - Brothers in Exile Air Date: 05 November 2014 02:00 -

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The story of Liván and Orlando Hernández, half-brothers who fled Cuba separately and became successful major-league pitchers.


S02E25 - Rand University Air Date: 12 November 2014 02:00 -

An exploration of former NFL receiver Randy Moss and his humble (and humbling) origins in Rand, West Virginia.


S02E26 - The U Part 2 Air Date: 14 December 2014 02:00 -

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A sequel to The U profiles the Miami Hurricanes football program and its rise from scandal (and calls for the school to drop the sport) to a national championship, only to see new controversy after booster Nevin Shapiro is revealed to have given improper benefits to the program.


S02E27 - Of Miracles and Men Air Date: 09 February 2015 02:00 -

An exploration of the Miracle on Ice from the point of view of the defeated Soviet Union team.


S02E28 - I Hate Christian Laettner Air Date: 16 March 2015 01:00 -

A look at the life and basketball career of Christian Laettner and the intense dislike some fans still harbor for the former Duke University and NBA star.


S02E29 - Sole Man Air Date: 17 April 2015 01:00 -

A profile of Sonny Vaccaro, who rose from steel town roots in Pennsylvania to become an influential force in both basketball and the athletic shoe industry.


S02E30 - Angry Sky: The Legend Of Nick Piantanida Air Date: 31 July 2015 00:30 -

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.



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