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30 for 30 Season 3 episodes

Bernie and Ernie Season 3, Episode 6

Chronicling the basketball lives of Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, who established themselves as a high-scoring tandem at the University of Tennessee, where they were dubbed the "Bernie and Ernie Show." Directed by Jason Hehir. read more

This Is What They Want Season 3, Episode 5

Chronicling Jimmy Connors' stirring run at the 1991 U.S. Open, an improbable march to the semifinals at age 39. Also explored is how Connors became a polarizing and provocative personality who helped make tennis a high-octane spectator sport. Directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. read more

Big Shot Season 3, Episode 4

Chronicling former New York Islanders owner John Spano and the scandal that engulfed the franchise in the late '90s. The Dallas businessman comments on his $165 million purchase of the team and the ensuing scam that initially went undetected. Directed by Kevin Connolly. read more

No Mas Season 3, Episode 3

Chronicling the Sugar Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran fights of 1980, with commentary from both fighters, family members and boxing experts. Duran won the first welterweight bout in Montreal before Leonard took the New Orleans rematch. Directed by Eric Drath. read more

Free Spirits Season 3, Episode 2

The colorful story of the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis, who featured stars Marvin "Bad News" Barnes and James "Fly" Williams, plus upstart play-by-play man Bob Costas. The owners negotiated a unique contract that has allowed the team to continue to exist. Directed by Daniel H. Forer. read more

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau Season 3, Episode 1

The story of big-wave surfer Eddie Aikau is told by director Sam George, whose images, interviews and research delve into the dynamic life and heroic death of a native Hawaiian and pioneering lifeguard who inspired an entire spiritual movement. read more

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Premise: A series of (originally just 30) documentary films on sports stories from ESPN's first 30 years (1979-2009). Subjects were selected by top filmmakers, including Barry Levinson, Morgan Freeman, Ron Shelton, Albert Maysles, Frank Marshall and Ice Cube.

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