ESPN’s critically acclaimed “30 For 30” series is set to roll out with six new episodes this fall, to the delight of us here at Gamedayr and sports fans everywhere. The Bill Simmons-created series has been a huge success in terms of ratings thus far, and the six new documentaries set for fall should prove to be equally as noteworthy.
“We continue to see an insatiable appetite for well-told sports stories that both tap into nostalgia and allow for discovery of new insight and detail. We are proud to be the destination for fans looking for high-quality films that take them inside the worlds that they love,” says Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films. “Sports hold an increasingly prominent place in American culture, and our new slate of films exemplifies our ongoing goal of telling cultural stories that last.”
Following in the footsteps of such great films as Kings Ransom, Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? and The Two Escobars will be the below six films. They will be shown on consecutive Tuesdays throughout October and into November.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau (a story about the legendary Hawaiian surfer)
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. – Free Spirits (the Spirits of St. Louis ABA franchise)
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. – No Mas (a look at the classic Sugar Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran fights)
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. – Big Shot (fraudulent former New York Islanders owner John Spano)
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. – This Is What They Want (Jimmy Connors’ 1991 U.S. Open performance)
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. – Tonya and Nancy (Harding and Kerrigan)
Set those DVRs now.