30 for 30

  • 2009
  • TV Show
  • None

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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Fri Jul 21 4:00am
Youngstown Boys(Season 3, Episode 7) ESPNU

Chronicling Youngstown (Pa.) natives Jim Tressel and Maurice Clarett, who both made inglorious exits from Ohio State football following on-field success. Jim Brown and ex-Buckeyes QB Craig Krenzel are featured. Directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

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Fri Jul 21 1:00pm
Catholics vs. Convicts(Season 6, Episode 3) ESPNU

The epic 1988 Miami-Notre Dame football matchup is chronicled by director Patrick Creadon, a Notre Dame senior that year with unique insight into the game's controversial t-shirt. Players and coaches reflect on the emotionally-charged day in South Bend.

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Fri Jul 21 10:00pm
Requiem for the Big East(Season 3, Episode 9) ESPNCLS

Chronicling the origin of the Big East Conference and its rapid 1980s rise under commissioner Dave Gavitt and iconic basketball coaches including John Thompson, Lou Carnesecca and Jim Boeheim. Director Ezra Edelman also examines the conference's new era as (more…)

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Sat Jul 22 12:00am
The Best That Never Was(Season 1, Episode 29) ESPNCLS

"The Best That Never Was" chronicles the career of running back Marcus Dupree, a highly-recruited high-school star in 1981 whose college and pro careers fell short of expectations. Directed by Jonathan Hock.

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Sat Jul 22 12:00am
This was the XFL(Season 6, Episode 4) ESPN2

Chronicling the bold-but-brief run of the XFL, a pro-football league launched in 2001 by sports entertainment giants Dick Ebersol (NBC) and Vince McMahon (WWE). Directed by Chris Ebersol, who explores the league's influence on sports broadcasting today.

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Sat Jul 22 2:00am
The Band That Wouldn't Die(Season 1, Episode 2) ESPNCLS

"The Band That Wouldn't Die." Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson documents the story of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, which continued to perform after the team's abrupt departure in 1984. The band beat the drum for their beloved team until the NFL (more…)

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Sat Jul 22 3:00am
Marion Jones: Press Pause(Season 1, Episode 28) ESPNCLS

"Marion Jones: Press Pause" examines the rise to Olympic stardom and subsequent fall of one of track's top sprinters, who served six months in prison for lying to federal investigators about performance-enhancing drug use. Directed by John Singleton.

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Sat Jul 22 4:00am
The Birth of Big Air(Season 1, Episode 17) ESPNCLS

BMX star Mat Hoffman's high-flying career is documented in "The Birth of Big Air." Director Jeff Tremaine and co-producers Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze showcase Hoffman's love of the sport and relentless pursuit of record-breaking jumps and tricks.

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Sat Jul 22 4:00am
Pony Exce$$(Season 1, Episode 30) ESPNU

The rise, fall and rebirth of SMU football is chronicled in "Pony Exce$$." Craig James and Eric Dickerson highlighted the Mustangs' heyday of the early '80s, but rules violations led to the program's demise in 1987. Directed by Thaddeus D. Matula, a gradua (more…)

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Sat Jul 22 4:30am
The Two Escobars(Season 1, Episode 16) ESPN2

The early-1990s deaths of Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar and drug baron Pablo Escobar are the focus of "The Two Escobars," a documentary look at the influence of drugs on soccer in the South American nation. Directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

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Sat Jul 22 5:00am
Tim Richmond: To the Limit(Season 1, Episode 26) ESPNCLS

"Tim Richmond: To the Limit" chronicles the life and tragic death of the freewheeling 1980s NASCAR driver who succumbed to AIDS just three years after a seven-win season in the Winston Cup Series. Directed by Emmy Award winner Rory Karpf.

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Sat Jul 22 6:00am
Unmatched(Season 1, Episode 21) ESPNCLS

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova's long-time rivalry and eventual friendship is chronicled in "Unmatched." The tennis legends reflect on their head-to-head history and the state of the game. Directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters.

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Sat Jul 22 6:30am
George Best: All By Himself(Season 6, Episode 9) ESPN2

The story of Irish soccer hero George Best, one of the sport's first rock-and-roll stars who debuted with Manchester United at age 17 but fell victim to a wild life off the pitch. Daniel Gordon recounts the tale of the beloved but be-deviled superstar with (more…)

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Sat Jul 22 7:00am
The Legend of Jimmy the Greek(Season 1, Episode 6) ESPNCLS

"The Legend of Jimmy the Greek" examines the ground-breaking career and tragic fall of sports handicapper Jimmy Snyder, who rose to iconic status in his role on "The NFL Today." Directed by Peabody Award winner Fritz Mitchell, who began his career as a res (more…)

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Sat Jul 22 8:00am
Fernando Nation(Season 1, Episode 27) ESPNCLS

"Fernando Nation" chronicles the impact of Los Angeles Dodgers pitching great Fernando Valenzuela on the Mexican-American community and baseball in general in the early 1980s. Valenzuela is among those interviewed. Directed by Cruz Angeles.

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Sat Jul 22 8:00am
Pony Exce$$(Season 1, Episode 30) ESPN2

The rise, fall and rebirth of SMU football is chronicled in "Pony Exce$$." Craig James and Eric Dickerson highlighted the Mustangs' heyday of the early '80s, but rules violations led to the program's demise in 1987. Directed by Thaddeus D. Matula, a gradua (more…)

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Sat Jul 22 9:00am
You Don't Know Bo(Season 2, Episode 6) ESPNCLS

Bo Jackson's brief-but-explosive NFL and MLB careers are chronicled along with his iconic late-'80s marketing campaign. Legendary anecdotes are featured from Alabama school days to his exploits with the Raiders, Royals, White Sox and Angels.

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Sat Jul 22 10:30am
Elway to Marino(Season 2, Episode 8) ESPNCLS

The quarterback-rich 1983 NFL Draft is chronicled by director Ken Rodgers of NFL Films. Hall of Famers John Elway and Dan Marino, who headed the record six QBs selected in the first round, look back on the draft-day events along with agent Marvin Demoff.

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Sat Jul 22 12:00pm
Into the Wind(Season 1, Episode 23) ESPNCLS

"Into the Wind" documents amputee Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope, a 1980 quest to run across Canada to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. NBA star and first-time filmmaker Steve Nash tells the story of Fox, a fellow British Columbia native.

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Sat Jul 22 1:00pm
There's No Place Like Home(Season 2, Episode 3) ESPNCLS

James Naismith's original rules of basketball are featured in the story of one fan's quest to win the document at auction and bring the rules "home" to Kansas, where Naismith coached and taught for over 40 years. Directed by Maura Mandt and Josh Swade.

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Sat Jul 22 2:00pm
Ghosts of Ole Miss(Season 2, Episode 5) ESPNCLS

Exploring the 1962 events on the University of Mississippi campus, where pride over an unbeaten football team mixed with violence over integration. Mississippi native Wright Thompson shows how the events continue to shape the state 50 years later.

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Sat Jul 22 3:00pm
Rand University(Season 4, Episode 6) ESPNCLS

Wide receiver Randy Moss is profiled by filmmaker Marquis Daisy in a journey back to the small town of Rand, W.Va., where troubles with the law nealry derailed Moss's career before he landed at Marshall and began making national headlines on the field.

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Sat Jul 22 5:00pm
Survive and Advance(Season 2, Episode 7) ESPNCLS

North Carolina State's improbable run to the 1983 NCAA basketball title is chronicled. Wolfpack guard Dereck Whittenburg helps tell the story of nine postseason wins under coach Jim Valvano, whose 1993 death capped a heartbreaking aftermath for the team. D (more…)

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Sat Jul 22 7:00pm
Youngstown Boys(Season 3, Episode 7) ESPNCLS

Chronicling Youngstown (Pa.) natives Jim Tressel and Maurice Clarett, who both made inglorious exits from Ohio State football following on-field success. Jim Brown and ex-Buckeyes QB Craig Krenzel are featured. Directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

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  • Premiered: October 6, 2009
  • Rating: None
  • 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. (more)

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