Do you remember where you were on June 17, 1994? Thanks to a wide array of unrelated, coast-to-coast occurrences, this Friday has come to be known for its firsts, lasts, triumphs and tragedy. Arnold Palmer played his last round at a U.S. Open, in Oakmont, Pa., the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Chicago, the Rangers celebrated on Broadway, Patrick Ewing desperately pursued a long evasive championship in the Garden and Donald Fehr stared down the baseball owners. And yet, all of that was a prelude to O.J. Simpson leading America on a slow speed chase in a white Ford Bronco around Los Angeles. Oscar-nominated and Peabody Award-winning director Brett Morgen will artistically weave these moments and others to create a unique and reflective look at a day that no sports fan could forget.
A look at the horrific sporting incident that happened at a football match in England, and saw 96 supporters die.
The Opposition: Politics changed the outcome of a World Cup qualifier between the Soviet Union and Chile in 1973.
Maradona '86: In the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona reached his apotheosis, redefining what is possible on the pitch.
The show takes a look at the legend of Mané Garrincha.
Ottorino Barassi, an Italian soccer official, tries to protect a valued treasure from the Nazis. In only moments, goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa forever earned the title: The man who made Brazil cry.
The documentary explores the road to fortune in sports and the eventual detours to bankruptcy, as experienced by top athletes including Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison, Keith McCants, and Cliff Floyd.
The 100-meter men's final at the 1988 Seoul Games was the fastest sprint in Olympic history. But within 48 hours, gold medalist Ben Johnson had tested positive for anabolic steroids and scandal trumped thrilling as the way to describe the race. More than two decades later, that race still haunts the eight men who took part and the film will take a look at what brought the men to the starting line and what happened to them since.
On December 10, 2010, Sotheby’s auctioned off the most important historical document in sports history: James Naismith's original rules of basketball. There’s No Place Like Home is the story of one fan’s obsessive quest to win the artifact at auction and bring the rules "home" to Lawrence, Kansas, where Naismith coached and taught for more than 40 years.
In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a beloved, sweet-natured youngster from the city's fabled South Side, and America's most talented basketball prospect. His senseless murder the day before his senior season sent ripples through Chicago and the nation.
In 1962, the University of Mississippi campus erupted in violence over integration and swelled with pride over an unbeaten football team. Mississippi native Wright Thompson explores the tumultuous events that continue to shape the state 50 years later.
Bo Jackson hit 500 ft. home runs, ran over linebackers, and—for a short period—he was the best athlete we had ever seen. You Don’t Know Bo takes a closer look at the man and marketing campaign that shaped his legacy. More than 20 years later, myths and legends still surround the famously press shy athlete, and his impossible feats still capture our collective imagination.
A look at the 1982-83 NC State Wolfpack men's basketball improbable run through the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament to win the championship.
A look at the six quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft.
Chronicling the life of big wave surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau, whose tragic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.
When the NBA merged with the American Basketball Association in 1976, the Spirits of St. Louis were left out of the four ABA franchises that joined – the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs. However, The Spirits' co-owners Daniel and Ozzie Silna, facing extinction, managed to negotiate a contract that has allowed the team to continue to exist in the most unusual fashion.
An inside look at the two boxing matches between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran in the 1980s, with the help of boxing experts, family members and the two fighters themselves.
The story of John Spano, a young businessman who purchases the New York Islanders in 1996, is revealed to be nearly insolvent, eventually being charged by Federal authorities with bank and wire fraud. One of the most bizarre and unique stories of the modern sports era, the documentary will cover just how John Spano was able to dupe the National Hockey League, and the only interview Spano has given about the Islanders deal.
Jimmy Connors, who was approaching 39 in 1991, became an unexpected underdog at the U.S. Open when he re-captured his previous magic, and went on a stirring and extraordinary run than included an epic contest with Aaron Krickstein on his way to the semifinals, and helped make tennis a high-octane sport.
When basketball fans mention Bernard King, we conjure the same image -- prolific scorer, fierce competitor and NBA legend. But few among us are aware of what made King the man he is today. One of those who has known him best through the years is college and pro teammate Ernie Grunfeld. "Bernie and Ernie" is the story of two men who had vastly different backgrounds and experiences and seemingly shared nothing in common except the game of basketball, yet forged a close friendship that has lasted four decades.
The stories of two Ohio State football figures connected with Youngstown, Ohio—running back Maurice Clarett, a native, and coach Jim Tressel, former head coach at Youngstown State University—exploring their football exploits at Ohio State, including a national championship in 2002, and their scandalous exits from the school.
The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan saga captured the attention of the world 20 years ago this week. Why was Kerrigan attacked? How much did Harding really know?
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 a non-football league.
The show takes a look at the theory that you have to be bad to be good in today's world.
Greg LeMond looks back at his first Tour de France victory in 1986 and details his rivalry with friend, teammate and mentor Bernard Hinault. Known as "The Badger," Hinault 'promised' to help LeMond to his first win in return for LeMond's support in '85.
Joe Lavine and Cayman Grant are on the show.
The record book shows that the A's swept the Giants. But that's not what people remember about the 1989 World Series after a 6.9 earthquake shook the Bay Area bringing death and destruction.
A look at the story of Michael Rapaport.
Former Oklahoma player Brian Bosworth takes a look back on the mistakes he made as his alter ego "The Missing".
The story of Mario Diaz.
A look at the Marquis Daisy at Rand University.
Billy Corben is featured on the show.
The documentary series focuses on notable sports happenings.
He made perhaps the most dramatic shot in the history of the NCAA basketball tournament. He's the only player to start in four consecutive Final Fours, and was instrumental in Duke winning two national championships. He had looks, smarts and game. So why has Christian Laettner been disliked so intensely by so many for so long? Maybe it was the time he stomped on the chest of a downed player, or the battles he had with his teammates, or a perceived sense of entitlement. But sometimes, perception isn't reality. "I Hate Christian Laettner" will go beyond the polarizing persona to reveal the complete story behind this lightning rod of college basketball.
Sonny Vaccaro rose from Pennsylvania steel town roots to become one of the most powerful and influential men in the athletic shoe industry and in basketball. What's undeniable is this: Sonny Vaccaro is one of the sports world's most charismatic, polarizing and influential figures. Now 75, he is still a fast-talking maverick whose zeal for basketball, advocacy for underprivileged kids, and instinct for sales forged an era of unprecedented growth for two pillars of pop culture: basketball and sneakers. It was Vaccaro who advised agents during the ABA-NBA wars of the 1970s, who launched Nike's "Air Jordan" empire in the 1980s, and who ushered in the professionalization of youth basketball in the 1990s, when players such as Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady, both of whom signed shoe deals brokered by Vaccaro, turned high school games into auditions for the NBA.