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30 FOR 30 is the umbrella title for a series of documentary films airing on ESPN
ESPN
, its sister networks, and online highlighting interesting people and events in sports history. This includes three "volumes" of 30 episodes each, a 13-episode series under the ESPN Films Presents title in 2011–2012, and a series of 30 for 30
30 for 30
Shorts shown through the ESPN.com
ESPN.com
website. The series has also expanded to include Soccer Stories, which aired in advance of the 2014 FIFA World Cup , and audio podcasts.

CONTENTS

* 1 Background * 2 Series overview

* 3 List of 30 for 30
30 for 30
films

* 3.1 Volume I

* 3.1.1 ESPN Films Presents

* 3.2 Volume II

* 3.3 Volume III

* 3.3.1 O.J.: Made in America

* 4 30 for 30
30 for 30
Shorts

* 5 30 for 30: Soccer Stories

* 5.1 Vignettes

* 6 30 for 30
30 for 30
Podcasts * 7 Critical and ratings response * 8 Awards * 9 Sponsors * 10 See also * 11 Notes * 12 References * 13 External links

BACKGROUND

The idea for the series began in 2007 from ESPN.com
ESPN.com
columnist and Grantland.com founder Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons
and ESPN
ESPN
's Connor Schell . The title, 30 for 30, derived from the series' genesis as 30 films in celebration of ESPN's 30th 'birthday', with an exploration of the biggest stories from ESPN's first 30 years on-air, through a series of 30 one-hour films by 30 filmmakers. Volume I premiered in October 2009 and ran through December 2010, chronicling 30 stories from the " ESPN
ESPN
era", beginning with the network's founding in 1979. Each film in Volume I details a striking sports issue or event that occurred during those three decades, including what Simmons describes as "stories that resonated at the time but were eventually forgotten for whatever reason." Subsequent films, including Volume II and online-only shorts, expanded the series beyond the " ESPN
ESPN
era".

In September 2014, Schell said, "Even though we have been at this for five years now, there is no shortage of incredible moments from the world of sports, so that enables us to continue making 30 for 30
30 for 30
films we’re proud of." In 2010, John Dahl, Connor Schell and Simmons served as 30 for 30's executive producers.

SERIES OVERVIEW

SERIES EPISODES ORIGINALLY AIRED

FIRST AIRED LAST AIRED

Volume I 30 October 6, 2009 (2009-10-06) December 11, 2010 (2010-12-11)

ESPN Films Presents 13 March 13, 2011 (2011-03-13) June 2, 2012 (2012-06-02)

Shorts TBA May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15) TBA

Volume II 30 October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02) July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30)

Soccer Stories 8 April 15, 2014 (2014-04-15) July 1, 2014 (2014-07-01)

Volume III 30 October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13) TBA

LIST OF 30 FOR 30 FILMS

VOLUME I

Unless otherwise noted, the following films are all 60 minutes in length (including commercials).

No. overall No. in series TITLE DIRECTED BY ORIGINAL AIR DATE U.S. viewers (millions)

1 1 Kings Ransom Peter Berg October 6, 2009 (2009-10-06) 0.645

The 1988 trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings and the effect it had on Gretzky, the fans in Edmonton
Edmonton
, and the popularity of hockey in Southern California .

2 2 The Band That Wouldn\'t Die Barry Levinson October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13) N/A

A profile of Baltimore
Baltimore
's love affair with football and the Colts , focusing on the Colts Marching Band . After the Colts decamped for Indianapolis
Indianapolis
in 1984, the band remained in Baltimore
Baltimore
and helped promote the eventual return of the NFL to the city.

3 3 Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? Mike Tollin
Mike Tollin
October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20) N/A

Fresh interviews and archival footage track the life and demise of the United States Football League
United States Football League
in the mid-1980s. A highlight is Tollin's interview with Donald Trump , the former New Jersey Generals owner whose post-interview comments on the league give this documentary its title.

4 4 Muhammad and Larry Albert Maysles October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27) N/A

A look at the October 1980 Muhammad Ali Larry Holmes
Larry Holmes
fight and its impact on both fighters, featuring fresh interviews with participants and previously unseen lead-up footage from both fighters' camps.

5 5 Without Bias Kirk Fraser November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03) N/A

The death of Len Bias from a cocaine-induced heart attack, two days after Boston selected him as the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft , and its impact on casual drug use, especially by the sports community.

6 6 The Legend of Jimmy the Greek Fritz Mitchell November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10) N/A

The life of Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder , from his career as a Las Vegas bookmaker to his tenure on The NFL Today
The NFL Today
, from which he was fired in 1988.

7 7 The U Billy Corben December 12, 2009 (2009-12-12) 2.368

The racial and cultural evolution of Miami
Miami
during the 1980s as represented within the University of Miami
Miami
football team . (2 hours in length)

8 8 Winning Time: Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
vs. The New York Knicks Dan Klores March 14, 2010 (2010-03-14) N/A

The impact of Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
on the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
in the 1990s, specifically focusing on the Pacers/Knicks battles in the 1994 and 1995 NBA Playoffs and on Miller's interaction with Knicks fan Spike Lee .

9 9 Guru of Go Bill Couturié April 3, 2010 (2010-04-03) N/A

A profile of Paul Westhead 's coaching tenure at Loyola Marymount University (1985–1990), where his Lions' team was known for its high-scoring run-and-gun offense and talented players such as Bo Kimble and Hank Gathers , who died on-court in 1990.

10 10 No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
Steve James April 13, 2010 (2010-04-13) N/A

The 1993 trial of Hampton, Virginia
Hampton, Virginia
, high school athlete Allen Iverson , convicted for his role in a racially tinged melee, and its impact on both the community and on Iverson's life. (90 minutes in length)

11 11 Silly Little Game Adam Kurland and Lucas Jansen April 20, 2010 (2010-04-20) N/A

Meeting at New York City's La Rotisserie Francaise restaurant in 1980, a group of writers and academics develop Rotisserie Fantasy baseball , only to see it take off in popularity and leave them behind.

12 12 Run Ricky Run Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni April 27, 2010 (2010-04-27) 0.972

A profile of Ricky Williams
Ricky Williams
focuses on his brief 2004 departure from the NFL , when he sought self-redemption amidst media criticism and fresh rumors of marijuana use.

13 13 The 16th Man Clifford Bestall, Lori McCreary , and Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04) 0.463

How hosting (and winning) the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Nelson Mandela 's support of the Springboks national team affected post-apartheid South Africa
South Africa
.

14 14 Straight Outta L.A. Ice Cube
Ice Cube
May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11) N/A

The relationship between the Raiders and the minority fan base in Los Angeles during the team's 13 seasons in L.A. (1982–1994)

15 15 June 17th, 1994 Brett Morgen June 16, 2010 (2010-06-16) N/A

Quick-cut archival footage captures the various US sporting events on the day in question and the emotions they generated, including but not limited to the opening of the World Cup soccer tournament, the Knicks /Rockets battle in the NBA Finals , Arnold Palmer 's last round in the U.S. Open , and the New York Rangers
New York Rangers
' Stanley Cup victory celebration. One event overshadows them all: O. J. Simpson\'s run from the police .

16 16 The Two Escobars Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22) N/A

The lives of soccer player Andrés Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar ; the intertwining of crime and soccer in their native Colombia
Colombia
; and the connections between the murders of both men. (2 hours in length)

17 17 The Birth of Big Air Jeff Tremaine , Johnny Knoxville
Johnny Knoxville
, and Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
July 29, 2010 (2010-07-29) N/A

The life of Mat Hoffman
Mat Hoffman
and his 25-year career of advancing BMX riding , both creatively and promotionally.

18 18 Jordan Rides the Bus Ron Shelton August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24) N/A

Motivated by the dream his late father had for him, Michael Jordan retires from basketball and has a brief career in minor league baseball .

19 19 Little Big Men Al Szymanski August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31) N/A

The Kirkland National Little League team's success at the 1982 Little League World Series , examining why their title win is considered one of the biggest upsets in the event's history.

20 20 One Night in Vegas Reggie Rock Bythewood September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07) N/A

The friendship of boxer Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson
and rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
and the night of September 7, 1996, when Shakur was murdered after attending the Tyson- Bruce Seldon fight in Las Vegas.

21 21 Unmatched Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern, with Hannah Storm September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14) N/A

A look at the rivalry and friendship between tennis legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
.

22 22 The House of Steinbrenner Barbara Kopple
Barbara Kopple
September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21) N/A

The legacy of George Steinbrenner 's ownership of the New York Yankees .

23 23 Into the Wind Steve Nash and Ezra Holland September 28, 2010 (2010-09-28) 0.894

Terry Fox
Terry Fox
's attempt to run across Canada in support of fundraising for cancer research captures the attention of his fellow Canadians and the world.

24 24 Four Days in October Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
Productions October 5, 2010 (2010-10-05) 1.45

The remarkable comeback of the Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
against the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS .

25 25 Once Brothers NBA Entertainment October 12, 2010 (2010-10-12) N/A

The story of Croatian Dražen Petrović
Dražen Petrović
and Serbian Vlade Divac , NBA players and Yugoslavian national teammates , and how upheaval in their homeland adversely and irretrievably affected their friendship. (90 minutes in length)

26 26 Tim Richmond: To the Limit NASCAR
NASCAR
Media Group and Rory Karpf October 19, 2010 (2010-10-19) N/A

The career of NASCAR
NASCAR
driver Tim Richmond , his flamboyant lifestyle, and his 1989 death from AIDS.

27 27 Fernando Nation Cruz Angeles October 26, 2010 (2010-10-26) N/A

The euphoria created by Fernando Valenzuela 's 1981 arrival with the Los Angeles Dodgers .

28 28 Marion Jones: Press Pause John Singleton November 2, 2010 (2010-11-02) N/A

The successful track and field career of Marion Jones
Marion Jones
, her 2007 admission of performance-enhancing drug use, and subsequent prison sentence.

29 29 The Best That Never Was Jonathan Hock November 9, 2010 (2010-11-09) 2.229

The 1981 recruiting of high school football player Marcus Dupree by multiple big-time college programs, his resulting injury-prone college and professional career, and how his pursuit by college and USFL teams changed the recruiting process. (2 hours in length)

30 30 Pony Excess Thaddeus D. Matula December 11, 2010 (2010-12-11) 2.517

The rise, fall, and rebirth of the SMU Mustangs football program , which received a 1-year "death penalty " for major infractions after former SMU player David Stanley blew the whistle on the long-suspected program. (2 hours in length)

ESPN Films Presents

Other films were previously announced for Volume I of the series but were not included. These films, which began airing in 2011, are a continuation of 30 for 30, dealing with more sports stories that 30 for 30 did not cover. According to 30 for 30
30 for 30
producer Bill Simmons, "We're spinning off the 30 for 30
30 for 30
series next year into something that will probably be called 30 for 30
30 for 30
Presents or something like that... So even though the SMU doc will be the 30th one (right after the Heisman ceremony) don't think the spirit of the series is going away." These additional films include:

No. overall No. in series TITLE DIRECTED BY ORIGINAL AIR DATE U.S. viewers (millions)

31 1 The Fab Five Jason Hehir March 13, 2011 (2011-03-13) 2.74

The story of the 1991 Michigan men's basketball recruiting class, called the Fab Five , one of whom ( Chris Webber ) was later involved in a notorious pay-for-play scandal .

32 2 Catching Hell Alex Gibney September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27) 1.379

The relationship between Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
fans and Steve Bartman following Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series

33 3 Renée Eric Drath October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04) 0.508

The life of transgender athlete Renée Richards , who shocked the world with her entry into the 1977 US Open .

34 4 The Dotted Line Morgan Spurlock
Morgan Spurlock
October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11) 0.939

Sports agents Peter Greenberg and Eugene Lee are profiled with their clients Johan Santana , Jacquian Williams and Robert Hughes .

35 5 Charismatic Steven Michaels, Joel Surnow , and Jonathan Koch October 18, 2011 (2011-10-18) 0.672

The run of Charismatic and his jockey, Chris Antley , at the 1999 Triple Crown .

36 6 The Real Rocky Jeff Feuerzeig October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25) 1.386

A profile of Chuck Wepner , the original inspiration for Sylvester Stallone 's Rocky Balboa character, and how Rocky
Rocky
-like glory eluded Wepner as he took several strange turns in an effort to stay in the spotlight.

37 7 Unguarded Johnathan Hock November 1, 2011 (2011-11-01) 1.377

The story of Chris Herren , a high school basketball star and NBA player; his career-long struggles with drug abuse; and his ultimate discovery of redemption and personal fulfillment through the game.

38 8 Roll Tide/War Eagle Martin Khodabakhshian November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08) 1.698

The continuing rivalry between Auburn University and the University of Alabama , focusing on the history between the two programs, the bad blood between their fans, and how this intense rivalry came to a pinnacle, just when they ended up needing each other most.

39 9 The Marinovich Project Andrew Stephan and John Dorsey December 10, 2011 (2011-12-10) 2.131

A look at the rise and fall of former USC and NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich , focusing primarily on the complex relationship between Marinovich and his father .

40 10 Goose Kevin Shaw February 26, 2012 (2012-02-26) 0.349

The life of Reece "Goose" Tatum who played in Negro League baseball and was an original member of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters .

41 11 The Announcement Nelson George
Nelson George
March 11, 2012 (2012-03-11) 2.047

The events and aftermath of former Los Angeles Lakers player Magic Johnson announcing to the world that he tested positive for HIV
HIV
.

42 12 26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story Jose Morales March 15, 2012 (2012-03-15) N/A

Life of Dewey Bozella and his 26 years behind bars, where he found strength and purpose through boxing (becoming the light heavyweight champion of Sing Sing
Sing Sing
prison), and his goal to be proven innocent and box professionally once he was released.

43 13 Right to Play Frank Marshall June 2, 2012 (2012-06-02) N/A

The story of Norwegian speed-skating gold medalist Johann Olav Koss , who founded the non-profit organization Right to Play , which brings sports to children in third-world and war-torn countries.

VOLUME II

On May 15, 2012, it was announced that the 30 for 30
30 for 30
series would return in October 2012, with 30 all new documentaries. The documentaries were integrated with Grantland.com by podcasts, feature stories and oral histories.

Unless otherwise noted, the following films are all 90 minutes in length (including commercials).

No. overall No. in series TITLE DIRECTED BY ORIGINAL AIR DATE U.S. viewers (millions)

44 1 Broke Billy Corben October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02) 2.528

An exploration of the road to fortune in sports and the eventual detours (for various reasons) to financial difficulties and bankruptcy, as experienced by top athletes including Bernie Kosar , Andre Rison , Keith McCants , and Cliff Floyd .

45 2 9.79* Daniel Gordon October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09) 1.313

A profile of the Men\'s 100 meter final at the 1988 Summer Olympics and the lives of the 8 men who participated, including Ben Johnson (whose world-record run of 9.79 seconds was scrubbed after he tested positive for anabolic steroids ) and Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis
(who was awarded the gold medal after Johnson's disqualification).

46 3 There's No Place Like Home Maura Mandt and Josh Swade October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16) 1.007

The story of one fan's obsessive quest to purchase, at a 2010 auction, James Naismith
James Naismith
's original rules of basketball , perhaps the most important historical document in American sports history, and to bring it "home" to Lawrence, Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
, where Naismith taught and coached at the University of Kansas
University of Kansas
for 39 years. (70 mins in length)

47 4 Benji Coodie and Chike October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23) 1.488

The life of Ben Wilson , a well-regarded Chicago
Chicago
high school basketball star, and how his November 1984 murder (one day before the start of his senior season) had a wide-ranging impact.

48 5 Ghosts of Ole Miss Fritz Mitchell October 30, 2012 (2012-10-30) 1.023

Mississippi native Wright Thompson explores tumultuous events of 1962, when the University of Mississippi campus both erupted in violence over integration and swelled with pride over its unbeaten football team , and how those incidents continue to shape the state 50 years later. (60 mins in length)

49 6 You Don't Know Bo Michael Bonfiglio December 8, 2012 (2012-12-08) 3.600

A profile of Bo Jackson and how his college and professional feats in two sports (baseball and football) captured the public's imagination and made Jackson a cultural (and marketing ) icon.

50 7 Survive and Advance Jonathan Hock March 17, 2013 (2013-03-17) 1.603

A look at the North Carolina State Wolfpack men\'s basketball team\'s successful and improbable championship runs through the 1983 ACC and the 1983 NCAA tournaments. (2 hrs in length)

51 8 Elway to Marino Ken Rodgers and NFL Films
NFL Films
April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23) 1.060

A look at the 1983 NFL Draft and the six quarterbacks taken in its first round, specifically John Elway (the first overall pick) and Dan Marino (the last QB picked in Round 1). The film features the recollections of Martin Demoff, the agent for both Elway and Marino, who shares a personal diary he kept to chronicle the indecision the Baltimore
Baltimore
Colts had with drafting Elway with the first pick or trading it away, as well as the other teams' interest in his two future-Hall of Fame clients.

52 9 Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau Sam George October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01) 0.791

A chronicling of the life of Eddie Aikau , a big wave surfer and lifeguard whose death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.

53 10 Free Spirits Daniel H. Forer October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08) 0.699

The story of the colorful figures who made up the American Basketball
Basketball
Association 's Spirits of St. Louis , and how Spirits owners Ozzie and Daniel Silna , with their team about to be left out in the ABA's merger with the NBA , managed to negotiate a deal that allowed the brothers' involvement in pro basketball to continue in a most unusual fashion. (60 mins in length)

54 11 No Más Eric Drath October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15) 1.343

An inside look at the two boxing matches between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Durán
Roberto Durán
in the 1980s, with insight from boxing experts, family members and the two fighters themselves.

55 12 Big Shot Kevin Connolly October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22) 1.07

The story of how young businessman John Spano struck a deal to purchase the New York Islanders in 1996, only to be later revealed as a fraud and being near financial insolvency.

56 13 This Is What They Want Brian Koppelman and David Levien October 29, 2013 (2013-10-29) 0.866

The story of a 39-year-old Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors
and his unexpected and extraordinary underdog run at the 1991 US Open , where he played as a wildcard entrant and reached the semifinals of the men\'s singles draw .

57 14 Bernie and Ernie Jason Hehir November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05) 1.125

A profile of Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld
Ernie Grunfeld
, their decades-long friendship, and their on-court partnership on the University of Tennessee basketball team , better known as the "Ernie and Bernie Show".

58 15 Youngstown Boys Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist December 14, 2013 (2013-12-14) 1.967

The stories of two Ohio
Ohio
State football figures connected with Youngstown, Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio
, running back Maurice Clarett (a native of the city) and coach Jim Tressel
Jim Tressel
(former head coach at Youngstown State University ), their football exploits at OSU (including a national championship in 2002), and their scandalous exits from the school. (2 hours in length)

59 16 The Price of Gold Nanette Burstein January 16, 2014 (2014-01-16) 1.515

A profile of a January 6, 1994, incident at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships , where an unknown attacker strikes entrant Nancy Kerrigan — an assailant that is later revealed to be a hit man hired by the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding , as part of a plan to prevent Kerrigan from competing in the 1994 Winter Olympics . Note: The Price of Gold originally went by the title Tonya and Nancy during production.

60 17 Requiem for the Big East Ezra Edelman March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) 1.456

A recollection of the original Big East Conference , from its simple beginnings and regional rivalries to its national prominence as one of the most successful college basketball leagues, and how it ended up fighting for its survival in the 2010s during conference realignment .

61 18 Bad Boys Zak Levitt April 17, 2014 (2014-04-17) 1.830

A look back at the Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early 1990s . Narrated by rapper Kid Rock
Kid Rock
, a native of nearby Romeo . (2 hours in length)

62 19 Slaying the Badger John Dower July 22, 2014 (2014-07-22) N/A

An examination of the competitive nature that teammates Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault
Bernard Hinault
exhibited in the 1986 Tour de France
1986 Tour de France
; a film based on Richard Moore\'s book of the same name.

63 20 Playing for the Mob Joe Lavine and Cayman Grant October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07) N/A

How Mafia associate Henry Hill orchestrated a point-shaving scheme involving Boston College basketball . Narrated by Ray Liotta
Ray Liotta
, who portrayed Hill in Goodfellas . (90 minutes in length)

64 21 The Day The Series Stopped Ryan Fleck October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14) N/A

A 25-year retrospective of the Loma Prieta earthquake , which struck just before the scheduled start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series .

65 22 When The Garden Was Eden Michael Rapaport October 21, 2014 (2014-10-21) N/A

A look back at the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
' championship teams of the 1970s.

66 23 Brian and The Boz Thaddeus D. Matula October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28) N/A

The rise, fall, and post-football life of Brian Bosworth .

67 24 Brothers in Exile Mario Diaz and MLB Productions November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04) N/A

The story of Liván and Orlando Hernández , half-brothers who fled Cuba
Cuba
separately and became successful major-league pitchers.

68 25 Rand University Marquis Daisy November 11, 2014 (2014-11-11) N/A

An exploration of former NFL receiver Randy Moss and his humble (and humbling) origins in Rand, West Virginia . (60 mins in length)

69 26 The U Part 2 Billy Corben December 13, 2014 (2014-12-13) N/A

A sequel to The U profiles the Miami
Miami
Hurricanes football program and its rise from scandal (and calls for the school to drop the sport) to a national championship, only to see new controversy after booster Nevin Shapiro is revealed to have given improper benefits to the program.

70 27 Of Miracles and Men Jonathan Hock February 8, 2015 (2015-02-08) N/A

An exploration of the Miracle on Ice
Miracle on Ice
from the point of view of the defeated Soviet Union team .

71 28 I Hate Christian Laettner Rory Karpf March 15, 2015 (2015-03-15) 2.319

A look at the life and basketball career of Christian Laettner and the intense dislike some fans still harbor for the former Duke University and NBA star.

72 29 Sole Man Jon Weinbach and Dan Marks April 16, 2015 (2015-04-16) N/A

A profile of Sonny Vaccaro , who rose from steel town roots in Pennsylvania to become an influential force in both basketball and the athletic shoe industry.

73 30 Angry Sky Jeff Tremaine July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30) N/A

The story of Nick Piantanida , a New Jersey pet store owner and truck driver whose love of parachuting and skydiving puts him on a quest to break the record for the highest recorded parachute jump.

VOLUME III

In September 2015, it was announced that 30 for 30
30 for 30
would return for a third volume of 30 films, beginning in October 2015.

No. overall No. in series TITLE DIRECTED BY ORIGINAL AIR DATE U.S. viewers (millions)

74 1 Trojan War Aaron Rahsaan Thomas October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13) 0.941

A profile of the rise and fall of USC Trojans football during Pete Carroll 's coaching tenure in the 2000s.

75 2 The Prince of Pennsylvania Jesse Vile October 20, 2015 (2015-10-20) 0.733

An exploration of the turbulent relationship between Olympic wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and their eccentric benefactor, John du Pont , culminating in the murder of Dave by du Pont.

76 3 The Gospel According to Mac Jim Podhoretz November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03) 1.012

A look at how Bill McCartney mixed two religions — college football and evangelical Christianity — while serving as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes in the 1990s, a tenure that included a national championship .

77 4 Chasing Tyson Steven Cantor November 10, 2015 (2015-11-10) 1.203

A look at how Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield
spent years (1989–91 & 1995–96) trying to arrange his first fight with Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson
in an effort to gain the respect he knew he could only gain by defeating Tyson in the ring.

78 5 Four Falls of Buffalo Ken Rodgers December 12, 2015 (2015-12-12) 1.490

A profile of the Buffalo Bills teams of the early 1990s, when the franchise became the first team to play in — and lose — four consecutive Super Bowls .

79 6 The '85 Bears Jason Hehir February 4, 2016 (2016-02-04) 1.425

A 30-year retrospective on the 1985 Chicago
Chicago
Bears , from how they were assembled to their swaggering, dominant run to Super Bowl victory.

80 7 Fantastic Lies Marina Zenovich March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13) 1.474

A 10-year retrospective of the Duke lacrosse case , in which a party thrown by members of the school\'s men\'s lacrosse team led to an accusation of rape — a claim that, though later proven to be false , ignited both a firestorm that damaged the school's prestige and an investigation that ruined careers.

81 8 This Magic Moment Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby April 14, 2016 (2016-04-14) 1.509

A profile of the Orlando Magic teams of the mid-1990s, led by Shaquille O\'Neal and Penny Hardaway , who gained prominence both on the NBA hardwoods and in pop culture.

82 9 Believeland Andy Billman May 14, 2016 (2016-05-14) 0.844

A look at the sports curse that befell Cleveland
Cleveland
since the NFL\'s Browns last brought a major pro sports championship to the Ohio
Ohio
city in 1964 . The film debuted one month before LeBron James
LeBron James
and the Cavaliers ' won the 2016 NBA Finals
2016 NBA Finals
, after which the film was re-released with an updated ending on June 30, 2016.

83 10 Doc & Darryl Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow
and Michael Bonfiglio July 14, 2016 (2016-07-14) 1.196

The connection between the lives and careers of former New York Mets Dwight "Doc" Gooden and Darryl Strawberry .

84 11 Phi Slama Jama Chip Rives October 18, 2016 (2016-10-18) N/A

A profile of the iconic Houston Cougars men\'s basketball teams of the 1980s, fronted by Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler , whose explosive play and highlight-making slam dunks earned the team the nickname Phi Slama Jama .

85 12 Hit It Hard David Terry Fine and Gabe Spitzer November 1, 2016 (2016-11-01) N/A

A look at John Daly 's rise from obscurity to two major championship wins and fall back to mediocrity.

86 13 Catholics vs. Convicts Patrick Creadon December 10, 2016 (2016-12-10) 2.109

A look at the notorious 1988 Notre Dame– Miami
Miami
football game and its personal and cultural impact. (2 hours in length)

87 14 This Was the XFL Charlie Ebersol February 2, 2017 (2017-02-02) N/A

Two longtime friends, pro wrestling impresario Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon
and NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol
Dick Ebersol
(Charlie Ebersol's father), team to form the XFL
XFL
, a football league widely ridiculed during its brief run yet also appreciated as a forerunner of modern-day sports broadcasting.

88 15 One and Not Done Jonathan Hock April 13, 2017 (2017-04-13) N/A

The life and career of John Calipari , one of the most polarizing figures in modern college basketball, weaving his story around that of his 2015–16 Kentucky team .

89 16 Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies Jim Podhoretz June 13, 2017 (2017-06-13) (Parts 1 & 2) June 14, 2017 (2017-06-14) (Part 3) N/A

A three-part series, initially airing on consecutive nights, exploring the Celtics–Lakers rivalry , focusing mainly on the 1980s era of Larry Bird
Larry Bird
and Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
but also examining the entire history of the NBA through the rivalry. (Parts 1 Part 2: 1 hour in length)

90 17 Mike and the Mad Dog Daniel H. Forer July 13, 2017 (2017-07-13) 0.657

The careers of Mike Francesa and Chris Russo , their stormy 19-year partnership on New York City
New York City
radio; and their influence on the Big Apple radio audience and sports talk radio in general.

91 18 George Best: All by Himself Daniel Gordon July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20) 0.360

George Best
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
Manchester United
, but his career was over before he turned 29, the result of his battle with alcoholism.

92 19 What Carter Lost Adam Hootnick August 24, 2017 (2017-08-24) TBD

In any other year, the 1988 team from Dallas\' Carter High School would have gone down as one of the greatest in Texas football history, featuring more than 20 players who received college scholarship offers. Fighting off racial prejudice and a grades controversy — not to mention the team that would overshadow them in book and film (Odessa Permian ) — Carter would claim the state title, only to be rocked to their core when six of their players were involved in an armed robbery that changed the community's reputation to this day.

93 20 Year of the Scab John Dorsey September 12, 2017 (2017-09-12) TBD

During the 1987 players\' strike , the Washington Redskins field a roster of replacement players that goes 3-0 and helps pave the way for the Redskins' Super Bowl
Super Bowl
victory. Thirty years on, those players bear the stigma of being dismissed as "scabs" by fans in general and Redskins management in particular.

94 21 Tommy Gentry Kirby and Erin Leyden September 13, 2017 (2017-09-13) TBD

The unlikely rise and sudden fall of boxer Tommy Morrison .

95 22 Nature Boy Rory Karpf November 7, 2017 (2017-11-07) TBD

The life and times of professional wrestling legend Ric Flair .

TBA TBA Down in the Valley Jason Hehir TBA TBD

How Sacramento mayor and former NBA all-star Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson
played "point guard" in an effort to keep the Kings from relocating to Seattle . The film was originally scheduled to air on October 20, 2015, but was delayed to an unspecified date in early October 2015, in light of recent articles revisiting allegations of sexual misconduct involving Johnson .

O.J.: Made In America

Main article: O.J.: Made in America

O.J.: Made in America, which was directed by Ezra Edelman , was billed as a "mini-series event" in the 30 for 30
30 for 30
series. The five-part documentary series examines the life of O. J. Simpson
O. J. Simpson
, as well as the broader issues of race and celebrity in the United States as it pertained to Simpson's 1995 criminal trial for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson
Nicole Brown Simpson
, and her acquaintance, Ronald Lyle Goldman . Made in America also focuses on other aspects in Simpson's life, including his success on the football field, his celebrity away from the gridiron, and his later conviction and imprisonment in a robbery case . Part 1 aired on June 11, 2016, with Parts 2–5 airing on June 14, 15, 17 and 18, respectively.

The series received week-long theatrical releases in Los Angeles County and New York City
New York City
before being broadcast, qualifying it for Oscar consideration. It ultimately received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards
Academy Awards
.

30 FOR 30 SHORTS

30 for 30
30 for 30
Shorts are short films that have been featured on the 30 for 30 website as well as the now-defunct Grantland.com website; they have also been featured on ESPN
ESPN
or its related networks, either on 30 for 30 compilation shows or on SportsCenter .

NO. TITLE DIRECTED BY ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE Length (mins)

1 Here Now Eric Drath May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15) 8:00

An interview with Pete Rose
Pete Rose
, Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
's all-time hits leader, at The Forum Shops at Las Vegas ' Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace
, where he signs autographs and memorabilia while store employees act as barkers to lure shoppers into the store.

2 Arnold's Blueprint Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist September 26, 2012 (2012-09-26) 12:30

A look at how a young Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
's compulsory service in the Austrian Army played a critical role in his path to international bodybuilding fame.

3 Jake Jonathan Hock October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25) 11:00

The career of Alfred Slote , an author of sports-oriented children's books (Jake being his personal favorite) whose interest was not so much the games played but the drama that the characters encountered.

4 The Arnold Palmer Bryan Gordon November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28) 9:15

An exploration into the history, mystery and industry surrounding "The Arnold Palmer ", the lemonade-and-iced tea beverage created by the same-named golfing legend that has become a fixture of nineteenth hole lore and American leisure.

5 Ali: The Mission Amani Martin January 16, 2013 (2013-01-16) 13:45

The efforts of Muhammad Ali to negotiate with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein for the release of U.S. civilians taken hostage after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait
Kuwait
.

6 Disdain the Mundane Nelson George
Nelson George
February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13) 6:00

The style evolution of New York Knicks
New York Knicks
player and broadcaster Walt Frazier , from his cool-as-ice look in the 1970s to his use of vibrant colors and patterns today.

7 Holy Grail: The T206 Honus Wagner Nick and Colin Barnicle February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27) 14:00

The story of the rare and valuable T206 Honus Wagner baseball card —over a century old and valued in the millions of dollars—and the myths and realities that surround it.

8 Silver Reunion Rory Karpf March 27, 2013 (2013-03-27) 12:45

The members of the 1972 USA men\'s Olympic basketball team gather to deliberate 12 Angry Men -style on whether to finally accept or continue to refuse silver medals from the 1972 Summer Olympics
1972 Summer Olympics
, where they controversially lost the gold medal game to the Soviet Union .

9 The Irrelevant Giant Shaun Silva and Don Lepore April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17) 11:30

Bill Parcells
Bill Parcells
recalls his rookie year as a head coach with the New York Giants in 1983 and the impact of John Tuggle , a running back the Giants selected with the final pick in that year's NFL draft.

10 Cutthroat Steven Cantor May 29, 2013 (2013-05-29) 11:15

The struggles of Clint Malarchuk , the "Cowboy Goalie", from a childhood spent riding horses and suffering from OCD to the grueling recovery period after his carotid artery was severed by an opponent's skate blade, one of the most gruesome injuries in sports history.

11 Tommy and Frank Richie Keen July 24, 2013 (2013-07-24) 11:30

An intimate, funny and compelling take on the unique relationship and shared legacy of Tommy John , the chatty Indiana lefty who won nearly 300 Major League games, and Dr. Frank Jobe , the unassuming L.A. orthopedist who conceived and performed a revolutionary elbow operation on John in 1974.

12 Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg August 14, 2013 (2013-08-14) 8:45

Rarely seen archival footage and interviews with people who lived and worked with Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
give a fascinating glimpse into the basketball star's experiences in the Borscht Belt during its heyday.

13 Arthur ">'s April 1, 1985, issue, George Plimpton profiled Sidd Finch , a highly eccentric New York Mets
New York Mets
prospect who could throw a fastball at an unheard-of 168 mph... and who was a product of Plimpton's imagination. On the 30th anniversary of the April Fools hoax, the surviving people responsible are profiled, including the Illinois middle-school teacher who posed as Finch for SI.

34 The Anti-Mascot Colin Hanks May 20, 2015 (2015-05-20) 12:00

Aiming to satirize the loveable team mascot craze of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the 1984 San Francisco Giants introduce an "anti-mascot" named "Crazy Crab". With fans encouraged to take the "anti-" literally, Crazy Crab and the actor playing him, Wayne Doba, endure verbal and physical abuse over the course of the Giants' last-place season.

35 Ted Turner's Greatest Race Gary Jobson June 3, 2015 (2015-06-03) 14:15

Already a proven broadcasting and sports executive, as well as an America\'s Cup-winning yachtsman, Ted Turner enters and skippers Tenacious in the 1979 Fastnet yachting race . Here, Turner and Tenacious's crew recall the harrowing race, an event marred by a deadly storm in the Celtic Sea
Celtic Sea
.

36 Spyball Christina Burchard and Daniel Newman July 8, 2015 (2015-07-08) 18:00

The story of Moe Berg
Moe Berg
, a 15-year veteran of Major League Baseball who went on to become a World War II spy for the United States.

37 Brave In the Attempt Fritz Mitchell July 28, 2015 (2015-07-28) 23:45

How seeing the treatment of her intellectually disabled sister propelled Eunice Kennedy Shriver to create the Special Olympics
Special Olympics
.

38 Delaney Grant Curtis August 19, 2015 (2015-08-19) 19:45

A profile of Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
star Joe Delaney , whose reputation for helping others lasted until his drowning death in 1983, when he attempted to save the lives of three boys in a Louisiana
Louisiana
pond (though he himself could not swim).

39 First Pitch Angus Wall September 11, 2015 (2015-09-11) 23:30

A look at President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
's ceremonial first pitch at New York\'s Yankee Stadium prior to Game 3 of the 2001 World Series , just seven weeks after the September 11 attacks
September 11 attacks
in the city.

40 The Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Drug Trials Michael Jacobs September 28, 2015 (2015-09-28) 22:36

Though the 1979 Pirates thrilled Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
with a World Series win, many of their stars succumbed to the lure of cocaine , leading to baseball\'s first major drug scandal .

41 #BringBackSungWoo Josh Swade and Josh Shelov October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07) 22:30

A mid-season visit to Kansas City by South Korean native and avid Royals fan Lee Sung-woo is followed by a Royals' surge to the 2014 playoffs. With the team in the World Series , an attempt is made by two Royals fans to bring their "good-luck charm" from Seoul
Seoul
back to KC.

42 Every Day Gabe Spitzer October 28, 2015 (2015-10-28) 11:30

The story of Joy Johnson, who took up running at age 59 after raising four children and went on to run 25 New York City
New York City
Marathons .

43 Chattanooga Strong Rebecca Gitlitz November 9, 2015 (2015-11-09) 9:44

The story behind the Chattanooga Heroes Fund, started by University of Tennessee alum Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
to benefit the families of the service members and police officers who were killed or wounded in a July 2015 shooting incident in Chattanooga .

44 Tose: The Movie Mike Tollin
Mike Tollin
November 11, 2015 (2015-11-11) 15:30

A look at the life and legacy of late Philadelphia Eagles owner Leonard Tose .

45 Thicker Than Water Jennifer Arnold December 1, 2015 (2015-12-01) 14:15

A look at how diver Greg Louganis
Greg Louganis
dealt with two different pressures surrounding him at the 1988 Olympics —his attempt to defend his double gold medal performance from 1984 and the discovery of his HIV
HIV
-positive status prior to the Games.

46 Friedman's Shoes Danny Lee February 9, 2016 (2016-02-09) 12:00

The story of Friedman's, an Atlanta
Atlanta
shoe store that specialized in really big (think size 22), really expensive shoes for the six-foot-something athlete.

47 Slick, Nancy, and the Telethon Michael Husain February 16, 2016 (2016-02-16) 14:30

The story of how the Indiana Pacers avoided financial ruin by holding a telethon in the summer of 1977.

48 The Bad Boy of Bowling Bryan Storkel February 23, 2016 (2016-02-23) 19:00

A look at the life of Pete Weber , the self-declared "bad boy of bowling " and the sport's first rock star.

49 I Am Yup'ik Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon March 1, 2016 (2016-03-01) 17:15

A 16-year-old Yup\'ik Eskimo leaves his tiny village and travels across the frozen tundra to compete in an all-Yup'ik basketball tournament and bring pride to his village.

50 No Kin to Me Marc Kinderman March 8, 2016 (2016-03-08) 13:45

The last consolation game in the NCAA Tournament , held in 1981 between LSU and Virginia , was overshadowed by the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan earlier that day, and also by a postgame comment about Reagan by LSU star Rudy Macklin that haunted him for years.

51 Tiger Hood Christopher André Marks April 12, 2016 (2016-04-12) 7:15

When Patrick Q. F. Barr found a discarded golf club in the trash, he decided to save it and play street golf in New York City
New York City
using paper milk cartons stuffed with newspaper, earning him the nickname, "Tiger Hood".

52 When The King Held Court Palmer Holton April 19, 2016 (2016-04-19) 8:30

How Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
became a racquetball enthusiast in the final years of his life, going so far as to build a court at his mansion and proposing a chain of racquetball centers.

53 Gonzo @ The Derby Michael D. Ratner
Michael D. Ratner
May 3, 2016 (2016-05-03) 13:00

The lasting legacy of the 1970 Kentucky Derby has nothing to do with the winner, Dust Commander . Its true impact came from the assignment that Scanlan\'s Monthly gave to a 32-year-old writer from Louisville named Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter S. Thompson
.

54 A. C. Green: Iron Virgin Isaac Feder May 10, 2016 (2016-05-10) 8:30

How A. C. Green , a forward on the "Showtime " Lakers of the 1980s who won three NBA titles and played in a league-record 1,192 consecutive games, stayed true to his Christian beliefs and remained celibate throughout his entire NBA career.

55 The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere Mickey Duzyj May 17, 2016 (2016-05-17) 18:30

How Japanese thoroughbred Haru Urara , who never won a race in her career, became a symbol of hope to her country and saved the racetrack where she was based.

56 We Are Jay Bulger and Joshua Shelov May 24, 2016 (2016-05-24) 11:00

A look back at the aftermath of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal , focusing specifically on the removal of a statue of Joe Paterno from the campus and the design of its replacement.

57 Eternal Princess Katie Holmes May 24, 2016 (2016-05-24) 17:45

It's a long way from Bucharest, Romania to Norman, Oklahoma, and it's been a long time since the 1976 Olympics , where Nadia Comăneci scored seven perfect 10s on her way to three gold medals.

58 The Guerrilla Fighter Gaspar González July 27, 2016 (2016-07-27) 17:30

The story of Alexis Argüello , legendary in Nicaragua
Nicaragua
both as one of the greatest boxers of the 20th century and a political figure.

59 What the Hell Happened to Jai Alai Ryan Suffern August 2, 2016 (2016-08-02) 15:00

How jai alai went from drawing crowds of thousands in Miami
Miami
in the 1970s and 1980s to being fortunate to draw 100 a match today.

60 The Throwback Erin Leyden December 3, 2016 (2016-12-03) 11:00

A look back at the college career of Gordie Lockbaum , who became a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist in the 1980s at Division I-AA Holy Cross as a figurative throwback to an earlier era of football , sometimes participating in more than 80% of his team's plays (offense and defense) in a given game.

61 The Counterfeiter Brian Biegel May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17) 22:30

The story of Greg Marino, master forger and target of a 1990s FBI investigation known as Operation Bullpen.

62 Strike Team Willie Ebersol September 12, 2017 (2017-09-12) 25:00

The story of how a team of U.S. Marshals lured more than 100 fugitives to arrest through an offer of free Washington Redskins game tickets.

TBA The Other Side Vanessa Roth TBA (TBA) N/A

Common goals of teamwork and dedication to a shared purpose unite a youth soccer team, composed of 9 children each from Palestine and Israel
Israel
, many of whom come face-to-face with the other nationality for the first time in their lives.

30 FOR 30: SOCCER STORIES

On January 11, 2014, it was announced that a soccer -only 30 for 30 series, featuring two-feature-length films and six 30-minute films, would be aired in April 2014, featuring "compelling narratives from around the international soccer landscape". Additionally, a 10-part vignette series, titled Coraçao, about Brazil's rich history, aired during ESPN's 2014 FIFA World Cup
2014 FIFA World Cup
coverage.

NO. TITLE DIRECTED BY ORIGINAL AIR DATE U.S. viewers (millions)

1 Hillsborough Daniel Gordon April 15, 2014 (2014-04-15) 0.527

A look at the April 15, 1989 tragedy at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield
Sheffield
, England, where overcrowding in the stadium's standing-room-only areas killed 96 people and injured 766. The film examines the ongoing efforts of victims' families to seek exoneration of their loved ones, who were blamed in part by local authorities in an attempt to conceal police and security inadequacies. (2 hours in length)

2 Maradona '86 Sam Blair April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22) < 0.033

A look at Diego Maradona 's spectacular individual performance during the 1986 FIFA World Cup
1986 FIFA World Cup
. (30 minutes in length)

3 The Opposition Ezra Edelman and Jeffrey Plunkett April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22) < 0.033

Chile
Chile
hosts a decisive World Cup qualifier at Santiago\'s National Stadium just weeks after the stadium had been transformed into a concentration camp and killing field for opponents of Augusto Pinochet (who had just gained power in a military coup ). Though FIFA investigates the matter, the game goes on, with the Chilean team winning in a walkover after their opponents from the Soviet Union boycott in protest over the stadium's use. (30 minutes in length)

4 Ceasefire Massacre Alex Gibney and Trevor Birney April 29, 2014 (2014-04-29) < 0.038

June 18, 1994, and fans of Ireland\'s national team are euphoric over their team's World Cup opener against Italy at Giants Stadium
Giants Stadium
. Joy turns to horror, however, at a bar in Loughinisland , Northern Ireland , where a Protestant terror group kills six men who were watching the game . The tragedy is a low point and a turning point in the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
conflict , one that would ultimately contribute to paramilitaries on both sides calling ceasefires just weeks later. (30 minutes in length)

5 The Myth of Garrincha Marcos Horacio Azevedo April 29, 2014 (2014-04-29) < 0.038

Examining the legend of Mané Garrincha , a "jester" who overcame bent legs to lead Brazil to two World Cup wins through his amusing style of play, and the efforts of his family and fans to give him a proper burial in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
after his death in 1983. The Myth of Garrincha originally went by the title Garrincha: Crippled Angel during production. (30 minutes in length)

6 Mysteries of the Rimet Trophy Brett Ratner May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06) < 0.031

The Jules Rimet Trophy , awarded to the World Cup winners from 1930 to 1970, is a prize shrouded in mystery, as the whereabouts of the original trophy is unknown. This film focuses on the trophy's first brush with crime – a Nazi plan to steal the Rimet Trophy from Italy during World War II – and Ottorino Barassi , an Italian soccer official who attempted to protect the valued prize. (30 minutes in length)

7 Barbosa: The Man Who Made All of Brazil Cry Loch Phillipps May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06) < 0.031

How Brazilian goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa went from national hero to pariah after allowing Uruguay\'s cup-winning goal in the 1950 World Cup . (30 minutes in length)

8 White, Blue and White Camilo Antolini July 1, 2014 (2014-07-01) N/A

After leading their national team to victory in the 1978 FIFA World Cup , Argentines Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa join Tottenham Hotspur , becoming cult heroes in England after leading Spurs to the 1981 FA Cup Final . Things radically change, however, when a conflicted Ardiles leaves Spurs and returns to Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
after Argentine troops descend on the British-ruled Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
, asserting sovereignty over the territory and resulting in the Falklands War
Falklands War
.

VIGNETTES

NO. TITLE DIRECTED BY ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE

1 Coraçao Jonathan Hock N/A (N/A)

A 10-part vignette series that will explore the music, dance and history of Brazil, to discover what lies behind Brazil's legend, something most Americans know little about, and exploring how soccer is truly the expression of the soul of its people.

30 FOR 30 PODCASTS

On September 7, 2016, it was announced that ESPN Films and ESPN
ESPN
Audio would produce 30 for 30
30 for 30
Podcasts, reporting on new sports stories using a narrative podcasting approach. The series will launch in June 2017. The 30 for 30
30 for 30
theme music was re-worked for the podcast series by Hrishikesh Hirway , who is a musician, composer and the host of the Song Exploder podcast. The first season was produced and hosted by Jody Avirgan and a team of in-house producers, with future episodes "to be done in collaboration with outside reporters, documentarians, and ESPN
ESPN
talent."

The first season of 30 for 30
30 for 30
Podcasts includes the following episodes:

NO. TITLE LENGTH (MINS.) ORIGINAL AIR DATE

1 The Trials of Dan and Dave 52:00 June 27, 2017 (2017-06-27)

The stories of Dan O\'Brien and Dave Johnson , American decathletes who competed for a spot in the 1992 Summer Olympics
1992 Summer Olympics
and who were subjects of a $25 million Reebok
Reebok
ad campaign .

2 Yankees Suck 49:00 July 4, 2017 (2017-07-04)

How a vulgar chant and a bootleg t-shirt became a significant part of the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry .

3 On the Ice 42:00 July 11, 2017 (2017-07-11)

A look at the first all-women expedition to the North Pole
North Pole
in 1997.

4 A Queen of Sorts 46:00 July 18, 2017 (2017-07-18)

How Phil Ivey pulled off an elaborate baccarat scheme in 2012 that won him over $20 million (and landed him in court) — with help from a secretive mastermind who crafted the scheme to get revenge.

5 The Fighter Inside 46:00 July 25, 2017 (2017-07-25)

With a warden's assistance, professional boxer, who was convicted of armed robbery in 1975, rises through the sport's ranks while serving his prison term.

CRITICAL AND RATINGS RESPONSE

Connor Schell, Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons
and John Dahl with award for 30 for 30 at the 70th Annual Peabody Awards

The series had a slow beginning. The first film, Peter Berg 's Kings Ransom, a chronicle of Wayne Gretzky 's trade from the Edmonton
Edmonton
Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings
, premiered on October 6, 2009, to poor ratings. Kings Ransom drew a 0.5 national rating and a total viewership of 645,000.

As awareness and critical acclaim grew, the viewing audience also grew. By the seventh episode, The U , the audience had grown to a 1.8 rating and well over 2 million viewers. The A.V. Club review for the eighth entry, Winning Time: Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
vs. The New York Knicks, called it "the most hotly anticipated " and stated that "it more than lived up to the hype."

The A.V. Club has given positive and negative reviews for different episodes in the series, with notable critical reviews of the three Volume I episodes that had involvement by the media production arms of Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
(Four Days in October), the NBA ( Once Brothers ) and NASCAR
NASCAR
(Tim Richmond: To the Limit).

AWARDS

* 2010 Peabody Award
Peabody Award
Winner * 2010 International Documentary Association's "Distinguished Continuing Series" * 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program * 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for O.J.: Made in America

SPONSORS

Cadillac
Cadillac
and Levi\'s are the presenting sponsors of the series. The Cadillac
Cadillac
name appears on the 30 for 30
30 for 30
logo, while the Levi's "go forth" slogan appears on the bottom corner of the screen during the directors interstitial comments, which appear for 45 seconds at the beginning of each film and 30 seconds at the end. Commercials for both companies were shown during every intermission during the original air dates, with Levi's guaranteed a 60-second commercial slot at the beginning of the third act. Cadillac
Cadillac
replaced Honda
Honda
as a primary sponsor; during its time as a contributor, Honda
Honda
aired parts of its "Dream the Impossible" documentary series in the first commercial break.

SEE ALSO

* Nine for IX – a companion series chronicling women's sports stories * SEC Storied
SEC Storied
– an ESPN Films series profiling the people, teams, moments and events that tell the ongoing story of the Southeastern Conference

NOTES

* ^ Into the Wind had its premiere on Canada's TSN2 on September 19, 2010. * ^ A B C D This film had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival . * ^ Brothers in Exile premiered on ESPN
ESPN
Deportes on November 1, 2014, in Spanish, followed by its English premiere on ESPN
ESPN
on November 4, 2014. * ^ Four Falls of Buffalo debuted at the North Park Theater in Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York
, on December 9, 2015, three days before its premiere on ESPN. * ^ This film premiered at the 2016 AFI DOCS festival on June 26. * ^ Tommy will be available exclusively on the ESPN
ESPN
app and on-demand beginning September 13, 2017, before making its broadcast premiere on September 27, 2017 on ESPN2. * ^ This film had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
. * ^ The Great Trade Robbery premiered on ESPN
ESPN
on October 7, 2014 (the same night as Playing for the Mob) before its release online the next day. * ^ Hillsborough was an ESPN– BBC
BBC
co-production. It could not be aired in the UK until 2016 because an official inquiry into the disaster was ongoing at the time of its first airing in the U.S.

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USA Today
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30 for 30
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