Next Episode of 30 for 30 is
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.
The rise and fall of the USC Trojan football team under the nine-year leadership of Pete Carroll.
On March 13, 2006 the Duke University lacrosse team threw a party that not only changed lives and ruined careers, it jeopardized the future of the sport at the school and tarnished the university's reputation.
The men's 100-meter final at the Seoul Summer Olympic Games was riddled in scandal. This one race still haunts the eight athletes who took part.
The Orlando Magic were considered the fairy tale team of the mid-90's whose popularity grew, in part, due to players like Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.
Director Andy Billman chronicles the struggles of Cleveland's major sports franchises over the past 50 years and the impact it has all had on the psyche of a typical Cleveland sports fan.
To many observers, the story of the crime of the century is a story that began the night Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were brutally murdered outside her Brentwood condominium. But as the first episode of "O.J.: Made in America" lays bare, to truly grasp the significance of what happened not just that night, but the epic chronicle to follow, one has to travel back to points in time long before that. To generations prior, when African-Americans began migrating to California en masse, trying desperately - and fruitlessly - to outrun the racism that had defined their lives. To the late 1960's, when in the heart of Los Angeles, O.J. Simpson rose to instant fame as an unstoppable running back for the USC Trojans. To the early 1970's, when he expanded that fame in the NFL, becoming the first player ever to rush for 2000 yards in a season, and emerging as one of the most visible faces in sports. And to a few years after that, when with his celebrity transcending the game, Simpson retired from football and returned to Los Angeles - his acting, advertising, and broadcasting careers in ascendance. It was also then that he fell madly in love - with a young, beautiful woman named Nicole Brown.
The police arrived at the condo on Bundy Drive at 4:25 a.m. on June 13th, 1994. It was a gruesome murder scene, clearly the result of a violent confrontation that had left two people dead - one of whom, they'd quickly discover, was the estranged wife of O.J. Simpson. It was just the start of a chapter of American history like none other, one that would lay bare the realities of race, power, the legal system, the media, and so much more in Los Angeles, California and far beyond. Two decades later, the disagreements between the figures at the center of investigating the case are still palpable. The events of June 17th, 1994 are nearly as unfathomable as they were as they unfolded. And the beginnings of the battle in the courtroom are just as fascinating - the defense's strategy, just as unambiguous. O.J. Simpson had spent his entire life running from the color of his skin. Now, in so many ways, he was going to depend on it to avoid spending the rest of his life in prison.
The University of Houston's high-flying basketball team, known as ''Phi Slama Jama,'' made three straight trips to the Final Four and transformed the game forever.
The fascinating back story behind the famous/infamous 1988 ''Catholics vs. Convicts'' college football game between Notre Dame and the University of Miami. The slogan summarized the subtext of cultural and racial tensions brewing between the schools.
In 2001, sports entertainment titans Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon launched the XFL, a bold challenge since other leagues had attempted to compete with the NFL and ultimately failed.
An intimate look at University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, one of the most compelling and controversial figures in sports. Featuring never-before-seen footage as he tries to capture his second national title.
The Celtics and Lakers played three riveting NBA Finals in a four-year span during the mid-1980s that fueled the popularity of the league and set the stage for the tremendous growth and heightened profile the NBA has enjoyed since.
Boston's Larry Bird and LA's Magic Johnson headline rosters full of charisma and talent as their teams collide in the epic 1984 NBA Finals. The two had previously met in the 1979 NCAA Championship Game, and now welcomed a second title clash.
When the Celtics and Lakers meet again in the 1985 and 1987 NBA Finals, the teams' disdain and animosity for each other gradually turns to mutual respect -- led by superstars Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
Chronicling the history of Mike Francesa and Chris Russo's "Mike and the Mad Dog'' radio show, which ruled afternoon sports talk from the New York studios of WFAN 660 for nearly 20 years. Featuring in-depth interviews with colleagues and fans.
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.
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