Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody Award-winning, Producer’s Guild Award-winning and Emmy-nominated 30 for 30 film series. Inspired by ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, the films that made up the series were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators.
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Chuck Wepner is a liquor salesman from Bayonne, NJ who drives a Cadillac with "Champ" vanity plates. A former New Jersey State Heavyweight Boxing Champion, he took abuse from Sonny Liston, got his nose broken by Muhammad Ali, and inspired Sylvester Stallone to write "Rocky". Wepner was left out of the "Rocky" glory, and his career took turn after strange turn as he worked to stay in the spotlight.
A look at the improbable run of Jimmy Connors at the 1991 U.S. Open and how he became a polarizing and provocative personality who helped make tennis a high-octane spectator sport
Directed by Peabody Award-winning film maker Ezra Edelman, Requiem for The Big East explores the meteorric ascension of the Big East Conference, and how in less than a decade under the innovating leadership of founder and Commissioner Dave Gavitt, it became the most successful college basketball sports league in America. The film is told primarily through the lens of famed Big East coaches such as Jim Boheim, Lou Carnesecca, Rick Pitino as well as some of its most iconic players such as Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Ed Pinckney among others. The Big East was a groundbreaking athletic 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.
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.
In 1981, a pudgy 19-year-old Mexican pitcher, Fernando Valenzuela, took the MLB by storm, shattering America's image of the ace pitcher. 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 Chaves Ravine and then revitalized by one of the most captivatin pitching phenoms baseball has ever seen.
Without Bias – Apr 1
Leonard Kevin "Len" Bias was a first team All-America college basketball foward at the university of Maryland. When he dropped dead two days after being selected by the Boston Celtics with the second overall selection in the 1986 NBA Draft, he forever changed our perception of drug use. Len is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to never play at the professional level.
88 and 1 is the story of Notre Dame’s 71-70 win over UCLA that broke the Bruin’s 88 game winning streak.
Benjamin “Benji” Wilson was regarded as the best basketball player in the country, but was shot the day before his senior season of high school basketball. The film documents the actions prior to Benji’s death in November 1984 and the ripple effect that was felt throughout the community afterwards.
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