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As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, ESPN looks back at notable sports happenings that occurred from 1979 to 2009 with this documentary series featuring 30 films from some of Hollywood's finest directors and producers. Peter Berg, Barry Levinson, John Singleton, Spike Jonze, Dan Klores, Barbara Kopple, Ron Shelton and Albert Maysles are among the filmmakers involved, and the stories told include the shocking trade of Wayne Gretzky in 1988, the Baltimore Colts' nighttime move in 1984, Reggie Miller's rivalry with the New York Knicks, the death of Len Bias in 1986, a profile of George Steinbrenner and his family business, and a look at Michael Jordan's attempt at a baseball career. A new series of 30 films premiered in October 2012 with "Broke," about the challenges athletes face in managing their money.

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An analysis of competitive eating's most storied pair -- Japan's Takeru "Kobi" Kobayashi and Californian Joey Chestnut. Includes candid interviews with both competitors.
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Chronicling the roadblocks and hardships that auto racing legend Janet Guthrie overcame in becoming the first woman ever to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.
aired 46 days ago
The Orlando Magic are considered the fairytale team of the mid-'90s whose popularity grew, in part, due to players like Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.
aired 59 days ago
When the Celtics and Lakers meet again in the 1985 and 1987 NBA Finals, the teams' disdain and animosity for each other gradually turns to mutual respect -- led by superstars Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
aired 59 days ago
Boston's Larry Bird and LA's Magic Johnson headline rosters full of charisma and talent as their teams collide in the epic 1984 NBA Finals. The two had previously met in the 1979 NCAA Championship Game, and now welcomed a second title clash.
aired 69 days ago
The story of Debbie McElwain and the sacrifices she made as the mother of Jason McElwain, the autistic young man who became a viral star when he scored 20 points in four minutes for his high school basketball team.
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The incredible, impossible story of when James "Buster" Douglas defeated Mike Tyson for the heavyweight championship of the world on Feb. 11, 1990, in Tokyo.
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The incredible journey of retired professional basketball player Felipe Lopez.
aired 88 days ago
A look at the life and career of Junior Seau.
aired 90 days ago
The tragic story of Olympic gold-medalist Dave Schultz, murdered by multi-millionaire John du Pont.
aired 107 days ago
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.
aired 132 days ago
Director Rory Karpf, through interviews with former players and rivals as well as Laettner himself, explores why this former Duke star was, and still is, so disliked.
aired 144 days ago
The life and career of WWE legend Ric Flair, including interviews with Flair's living children and several retired wrestlers including Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Triple H, The Undertaker, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.
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Deion Sanders plays for both the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons in the same 24-hour period in October 1992.
aired 207 days ago
Examining Bob Knight's fall from grace at Indiana University.
aired 207 days ago
The relationship between coaching masters Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells that spans over four decades.
aired 207 days ago
In 2001, sports entertainment titans Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon launched the XFL, a bold challenge since other leagues had attempted to compete with the NFL and ultimately failed.
aired 317 days ago
A look at the Chicago Bears on the 30th anniversary of their Super Bowl XX win. The birth of Buddy Ryan's 46 Defense, their win over the 49ers, the loss to the Dolphins that ruined their perfect season and the Super Bowl Shuffle.
aired 317 days ago
The Buffalo Bills of the early '90s made it to four straight Super Bowls, yet never brought home the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
aired 324 days ago
The fascinating back story behind the famous/infamous 1988 "Catholics vs. Convicts" college football game between Notre Dame and the University of Miami. The slogan summarized the subtext of cultural and racial tensions brewing between the schools.
aired 324 days ago
The rise and fall of the USC Trojan football team under the nine-year leadership of Pete Carroll.

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