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.
The relationship between coaching masters Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells that spans over four decades.
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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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Boxer Tommy Morrison's remarkable rise and stunningly tragic fall. He was one of the best heavyweights of his time; a handsome, yet unsettled young fighter primed for more stardom before a positive HIV test forced him into retirement at age 27.
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Redskins replacements crossed the picket line to play in the NFL, but for most of them, what was billed as the last shot at a dream became a nightmare as these "scabs" braved ridicule and threats of violence for one last chance at glory.
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With several players who would eventually make it to the NFL, the 1988 Dallas Carter Cowboys high school team was one of the greatest in Texas history. A look back at a legacy that was thrown away after a group of players made a terrible decision.
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Chronicling the history of Mike Francesa and Chris Russo's "Mike and the Mad Dog" radio show, which ruled afternoon sports talk from the New York studios of WFAN 660 for nearly 20 years. Featuring in-depth interviews with colleagues and fans.
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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, but his career was over before he turned 29, the result of his battle with alcoholism.
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.
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.
The Celtics and Lakers played three riveting NBA Finals in a four-year span during the mid-1980s that fueled the popularity of the league and set the stage for the tremendous growth and heightened profile the NBA has enjoyed since.
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An intimate look at University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, one of the most compelling and controversial figures in sports. Featuring never-before-seen footage as he tries to capture his second national title.
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.
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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.
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The rise and fall of golfer John Daly, known as much for his struggles with alcohol, gambling, depression and women, as for his golfing prowess, the length of his drives, and "Grip It and Rip It" mentality.
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The University of Houston's high-flying basketball team, known as "Phi Slama Jama," made three straight trips to the Final Four and transformed the game forever.
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A look at former New York Mets superstar pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden and power hitter Darryl Strawberry. They were stars on a team that captured the 1986 World Series, then broke the hearts of Mets fans when their lives spiraled out of control.
Director Andy Billman chronicles the struggles of Cleveland's major sports franchises over the past 50 years and the impact it has all had on the psyche of a typical Cleveland sports fan.
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The Orlando Magic were considered the fairy tale team of the mid-90's whose popularity grew, in part, due to players like Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.
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On March 13, 2006 the Duke University lacrosse team threw a party that not only changed lives and ruined careers, it jeopardized the future of the sport at the school and tarnished the university's reputation.
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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.
The Buffalo Bills of the early '90s made it to four straight Super Bowls, yet never brought home the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
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The polarizing beliefs and on-field successes of former Colorado football coach Bill McCartney.
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.
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The University of Miami's football program tries to recover from the devastation left by NCAA sanctions and scandals.
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The story of Zaevion Dobson, the high school football player who was killed while shielding three girls from gunfire in 2015.
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Boxer Evander Holyfield patiently awaited his chance to take on Mike Tyson, who ruled the heavyweight division with an outsized personality and ferocious punches, even while behind bars.
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The rise and fall of the USC Trojan football team under the nine-year leadership of Pete Carroll.
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Exploring the enigma of former NFL great Randy Moss leads back to his hometown of Rand, West Virginia.
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Profiles of Cuban half-brothers Livan and Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, both of whom became major league pitchers.
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The rise, fall and maturation of former Oklahoma University All-American linebacker Brian Bosworth.
An examination of the New York Knicks during their NBA championship runs in the 1970s.
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The San Francisco area is rocked by an earthquake shortly before the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.
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Mobster Henry Hill once helped to orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games. Narrated by Ray Liotta, who portrayed Hill in the movie "Goodfellas."
Through interviews with Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Adrian Dantley, Mark Aguirre and others, viewers are provided an inside look at what made the Detroit Pistons, of the late 80's and early 90's, tick.
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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.
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A profile of a January 6, 1994, incident at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where an unknown attacker strikes Nancy Kerrigan - an assailant that is later revealed to be a hit man hired by the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding.
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An exploration of the class and power dynamics in college sports through the interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel.
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Basketball players Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld form an unlikely friendship despite vastly differing backgrounds and experiences.
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Businessman John Spano seemingly rescues the failing New York Islanders in 1996, only to drag the team through scandal and controversy.
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When the NBA merged with the American Basketball Association in 1976, four ABA franchises joined the more established league - the Nets, Nuggets, Pacers and Spurs. But one of the odd teams out found a different way to secure its future. Free Spirits tells the colorful story of the Spirits of St. Louis - an entertaining and at times controversial team featuring stars like Marvin "Bad News" Barnes and James "Fly" Williams with an upstart sportscaster named Bob Costas calling the play-by-play.
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The 1983 NFL Draft was highlighted by a record six quarterbacks being taken in the first round, including John Elway and Dan Marino.
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North Carolina State, coached by Jim Valvano, was a huge underdog in the 1983 NCAA Final vs. top-ranked Houston - resulting in one of the greatest college basketball upsets ever.
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This documentary film takes a close look at the creation of a legend -- two-sport athlete Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson, the only person ever selected to play in the NFL Pro Bowl and the MLB All-Star Game.
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In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was America's most talented basketball prospect until the sweet-natured boy was senselessly murdered.
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Director Billy Corben digs into the psychology of athletes whose competitive nature carried them to victory on the field yet seemed to ruin them off the field.
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Southern Methodist University's football program was riding high in the early '80s -- only to receive the "death penalty" from the NCAA after numerous rules violations.
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Filmmaker Jonathan Hock documents the rise, fall and comeback of running back Marcus Dupree. From a highly recruited prospect through a forgettable college career at the University of Oklahoma, Dupree ultimately uses football to redeem himself.
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Director Cruz Angeles documents the euphoria surrounding Fernando Valenzuela's arrival in the major leagues and probes a phenomenon that transcended baseball for many Mexican-Americans. Fernando Valenzuela shares his perspective on this unique time.
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Filmmaker Rory Karpf examines the life and tragic death of race car driver Tim Richmond, a fan favorite and rising NASCAR star whose freewheeling lifestyle curtailed his career.
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NBA Entertainment documents how the war between Croatia and Serbia ended the relationship between lifelong friends Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac, resulting in months of silence between the two before Petrovic's fateful car crash in June of 1993.
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MLB Productions chronicles the 2004 American League playoff series between the Yankees and Red Sox that made baseball history and finally put an end to the "Curse of the Bambino."
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Filmmakers Steve Nash and Ezra Holland chronicle the story of 21-year-old Terry Fox who in 1980, three years after losing his right leg to cancer, set out to run across Canada to increase awareness and raise funds for cancer research.
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Filmmaker Barbara Kopple examines the legacy of baseball owner George M. Steinbrenner, including the building of a new Yankee Stadium and the transition of ownership to his heirs, led by his younger son, Hal.
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In 1982, facing troubled times, America was looking for inspiration. Filmmaker Al Szymanski shows how a group of Little Leaguers from Kirkland, Wash., inspired a nation.
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In 1993, following the murder of his father, Michael Jordan shocked the world of sport when he turned his back on basketball to take up minor league baseball.
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Spike Jonze, Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville recount the story of BMX rider Mat Hoffman, who has been pushing the boundaries of the sport since age 13.
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Investigating the relationship between crime and sport and the connections between the murders of soccer star Andrés Escobar and drug baron Pablo Escobar in Colombia.
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Filmmaker Brett Morgen chronicles events: Arnold Palmer plays his last round at a U.S. Open, the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Chicago, the Rangers celebrate on Broadway, O.J. Simpson leads America on a slow speed chase in a white Ford Bronco.
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Examining Ricky Williams' decision to leave football in 2004, his life away from the sport and his eventual return to the NFL.
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Oscar nominee Steve James returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, to take a personal look at a still disputed incident in the life of a young Allen Iverson.
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Having worn out his welcome in the NBA, Paul Westhead heads to Loyola Marymount University to perfect his run-and-gun offensive system with players Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble.
Award-winning director Dan Klores looks back on how, in 1995, one player managed to rub an entire city the wrong way.
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Filmmaker Billy Corben documents the rise to prominence of the college football program at the University of Miami.
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Filmmaker Fritz Mitchell examines Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder's impact on the growth of sports gambling and examines his tragic downfall.
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Filmmaker Kirk Fraser uses interviews with teammates, family and friends of Len Bias in an effort to determine what happened on the night Bias died.
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Documentary footage of Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes as they prepare for their 1980 heavyweight title fight.
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Filmmaker Barry Levinson uses the Baltimore Colts' 1984 move to Indianapolis to document how a fan base copes with losing a team.
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Filmmaker Peter Berg documents the 1988 trade of hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.
While "SportsNation" is hosted by Michelle Beadle and Marcellus Wiley, it's really powered by the people. The topics covered in this hourlong weekday show are chosen by fans via ESPN.com's SportsNation site, and viewers are able to interact with the hosts before, during and after the show by email, text, Twitter or just making a phone call. Included is discussion of the smaller stories that people are taking about on the Internet but often aren't seen on TV.
The latest news, highlights and inside information from every corner of the sports world is presented each day on "SportsCenter," ESPN's first-ever program when the network debuted in September of 1979. The flagship series airs an evening edition and a brand new midnight show each weekday before the stage is cleared for a live "SportsCenter" morning block that emphasizes fast-paced, highlights-driven reports and what's new on social media platforms.
This documentary series takes viewers inside prisons and jails across America and around the world, offering rarely obtained and comprehensive access into these locations. The show profiles the inmates and employees who work at these facilities, highlighting their day-to-day experiences and interactions within the confines of prison. By bringing audiences the real, raw stories of life behind bars, this program aims to provide a truly authentic and in-depth look inside the complex criminal justice system.
Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers hosts this CNN original series, an eight-part look at complex true stories of America's covert operations. The newly declassified missions are recounted firsthand by agents from all 16 U.S. intelligence bureaus, providing viewers with unprecedented access to a secret world of espionage. The missions span time periods from Cold War-era Moscow to modern-day Iran, from the streets of 1980s Cuba to Beijing of today. Among the stories covered are the military's hunts for Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.