Sports filmmaking at its finest – 30 for 30 is back on ESPN.
ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series was launched in 2009 to celebrate ESPN’s thirty years as a leader and innovator in global sports programming. The success of that sports documentary series, which gave 30 leading filmmakers a showcase for their plentiful talents as storytellers, has led to a new slate of films that continue to reflect the enormous impact of sports on the cultural landscape.
'There's no place like home' - Premieres Nov 4th 10pm
On December 10, 2010, Sotheby's auctioned off what could be considered the most important historical document in sports history -- James Naismith's original rules of basketball.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.
'Benji' - Premieres Nov 11th 8:30pm
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 on the day before his senior season sent ripples through Chicago and the nation that are still felt today.
'Broke' - Premieres Nov 18th 9pm
Broke will examine the roads to fortune and eventually, detours to bankruptcy travelled by some athletes in American sports. The film talks to Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison, Cliff Floyd, and Homer Bush among others, and shows how despite big contracts, agents, financial advisors, and coaches sometimes can’t keep players from big spending that leaves them broke.
'The ghosts of ole miss' - Premieres Nov 25th 9pm
In 1962, the Ole Miss campus erupted in violence over integration and swelled with pride over an unbeaten football team. Mississippi native Wright Thompson explores the tumultuous fall that still grips the state and how he discovered a personal family connection to this story.
'You don't know Bo' - Premieres Dec 9th 9pm
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.