Back in the fall of 2009 ESPN introduced the world to an amazing series of documentaries titled ‘30 for 30’. With these exciting and well-thought out documentaries sports fans were allowed to view certain aspects and players within the world of sports in an entirely different manner; not just what happens on the field or court during the game but decisions and other factors that had as much to do with the on field action as the action itself did. The documentaries aired from October of 2009 until December of 2010 and then they were taken away from us unless you purchased the DVD set to relive them.
Beginning October 2nd ESPN will air a new set of these incredible documentaries beginning with the first episode in volume two entitled “Broke”. This episode of 30 for 30 will focus on certain professional athletes and how they over extended themselves while raking in the big bucks competing in their respective sports to now where they find themselves in tons of debt and not having the millions of dollars in revenue anymore. Volume two is scheduled to run episodes from October 2nd all the way until sometime in 2014 which means there will be plenty of excellent sports television to watch besides just the live action on the field and court.
Long-time sports journalist Bill Simmons created something special with this show and he has allowed numerous of talented directors and producers to put together episode after episode of high quality sports programming. The show won a Peabody Award and also the International Documentary Associations Distinguished Continuing Series Honor both in 2010. Along the way the show has also some produced some incredible shorts as well to go along with the most times hour long but other times longer featured documentaries.
Here is a list of some of the top episodes of ESPN’s 30 for 30 that are absolutely worth checking out if you haven’t had the chance to yet:
Small Potatoes; Who Killed the USFL?
Muhammad and Larry
Winning Time: Reggie Miller versus the New York Knicks
No Crossover: The Trail of Allen Iverson
Run Ricky Run
Straight Outta L.A.
June 17, 1994
One Night in Vegas
The Fab Five
Roll Tide/War Eagle
The Marinovich Project
If you have yet to see the show at all or missed any of those episodes, I strongly suggest that you see them and guarantee that once you watch them that you will be hooked to one of the greatest collections of sports documentaries ever produced.