30 for 30

Tuesday 8:00 PM on ESPN Premiered Oct 06, 2009 In Season



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  • Jordan Rides the Bus

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    S 1 : Ep 18 - 8/24/10

    The Jordan Rides the Bus episode of 30 for 30 looks back at the brief professional baseball career of NBA star, Michael Jordan. Universally considered to be the best basketball player on the planet, Jordan temporarily retired in 1993 to pursue his childhood dream of playing baseball. A god on the basketball court, Jordan struggled to be merely adequate on the baseball diamond.

  • The Birth of Big Air

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    S 1 : Ep 17 - 7/29/10

    In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur, and by 16 he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations, instead, focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of "what's next." His motivations stem purely from his own ambitions, and even without endorsements, cameras, fame and fans, Hoffman would still be working to push the boundaries of gravity. Academy Award nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, will showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to "Big Air."moreless
  • The Two Escobars

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    S 1 : Ep 16 - 6/22/10

    Director Jeff Zimbalist looks at the tragic death of Andres Escobar after an accidental own goal and how soccer in Colombia was effectively run by drug lord Pablo Escobar.
  • June 17, 1994

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    S 1 : Ep 15 - 6/16/10

    Director Brett Morgen looks at how one day went from celebration to chaos.
  • The 16th Man

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 5/4/10

    Rugby has long been viewed in South Africa as a game for the white population, and the country's success in the sport has been a true source of Afrikaner pride. When the 50 year old policies and entrenched injustices of apartheid were finally overthrown in 1994, Nelson Mandela's new government began rebuilding a nation badly in need of racial unity. So the world was watching when South Africa played host to the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Though they only had one non-white player, the South African Springboks gained supporters of all colors as they made an improbable run into the final match where they beat the heavily favored New Zealand team. When Mandela himself marched to the center of the pitch cloaked in a Springbok jersey and shook hands with the captain of the South African team, two nations became one. Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and director Cliff Bestall will tell the emotional story of that cornerstone moment and what it meant to South Africa's healing process.moreless
  • Run Ricky Run

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 4/27/10

    Ricky Williams does not conform to America's definition of the modern athlete. In 2004, with rumors of another positive marijuana test looming, the Miami Dolphins running back traded adulation and a mansion in South Florida for anonymity and a $7 a night tent in Australia. His decision created a media frenzy that dismantled his reputation and branded him as a quitter. But while most in the media thought Williams was ruining his life by leaving football, Ricky thought he was saving it. Through personal footage recorded with Williams during his year away from football and beyond, filmmaker and traveling companion Sean Pamphilon will give this misunderstood athlete the opportunity to tell his intriguing story in his own words.moreless
  • Silly Little Game

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 4/20/10

    Fantasy sports is estimated to be a $4 billion dollar industry that boasts over 30 million participants and a league for almost every sport imaginable. But for all this success, the story of the game's inception is little known. The modern fantasy leagues can be traced back to a group of writers and academics who met at La Rotisserie Francaise in New York City to form a baseball league of their own: The Rotisserie League. The game quickly grew in popularity, and with the growing use and attractiveness of the internet, the "Founding Fathers" never foresaw how their creation would take off and ultimately leave them behind. Innovative filmmakers Adam Kurland and Lucas Jansen will chronicle the early development and ultimate explosion of Rotisserie Baseball, and shine a light on its mostly unnoticed innovators.moreless
  • No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 4/13/10

    Steve James examines Allen Iverson's high school race trial.
  • Guru of Go

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 4/3/10

    In the Guru of Go episode of 30 for 30, the career of basketball coach Paul Westhead is examined. Fired as the coach of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers at the behest of star Magic Johnson, Westhead establishes a juggernaut at the tiny Catholic college, Loyola Marymount. Success mixes with tragedy, however, when team star Hank Gathers tragically dies on the court.

  • Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 3/14/10

    Dan Klores examines Reggie Miller's impact on the Knicks in the 1990s.
  • The U

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 12/12/09

    Billy Corben examines the University of Miami football team in the late 1980s.
  • Without Bias

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 11/3/09

    Kirk Fraser examines the life of Len Bias.
  • Muhammad and Larry

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 10/27/09

    Albert Maysles examines the October 1980 fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes.
  • Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 10/20/09

    Mike Tollin examines the rise and fall of the United States Football League.
  • The Band That Wouldn't Die

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 10/13/09

    Barry Levinson examines the impact of the Baltimore's Marching Ravens, formerly the Baltimore Colts Band, after the Colts moved to Indianapolis and before the Ravens arrival.
  • Kings Ransom

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 10/6/09

    Peter Berg examines Wayne Gretzky's trade to Los Angeles.
  • Roll Tide / War Eagle

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    With two Heisman trophies, two national championships and one crazed fan, the biggest rivalry in college sports, Auburn vs. Alabama, has reached new heights in the last two years. This is the story of the history between the two programs, the bad blood between its fans and how this intense rivalry came to a pinnacle, just when they ended up needing each other most.moreless
  • Unguarded

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    Chris Herren, Fall River, Massachusetts’ high school basketball superstar, played for Boston University, for Jerry Tarkanian’s Fresno State team, bounced around the NBA (once playing for his beloved Celtics) and around the globe. Chris failed drug tests wherever he played. Ultimately, Chris - the youngest and most talented of three generations of local heroes - has found redemption and personal fulfillment through the game, but only after it led him down a path of alcohol and drug addiction that nearly killed him.moreless
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