What is 30 for 30?
It all began with Wayne Gretzky. The very first film in ESPN's 30 For 30 documentary series was Kings Ransom, director Peter Berg's account of the landmark trade of one of the greatest athletes in history. Since that film premiered on October 6, 2009, 30 for 30 has evolved into a series that has both revitalized and revolutionized the art of the sports documentary through a diverse range of filmmakers telling specific stories that touch on larger themes beyond sports.
Originally inspired by ESPN's 30th anniversary with a focus on topics from 1979 to 2009, the Peabody and Emmy-winning series has extended beyond that framework and has now produced more than 70 films, from The U, The Two Escobars and You Don't Know Bo to the first-ever 30 for 30 film event, O.J: Made in America. With each documentary, the filmmakers have brought their passion and personal approach to the screen, detailing the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and moments that have transformed the sports landscape.
So much has come from that initial launch in October of 2009. But if 30 for 30 has indeed yielded the ransom of a king, its true value lies in the excitement for the stories yet untold. Volume 2 »
Catholics vs. Convicts
In 1988, Notre Dame hosted the Miami in what was one of the greatest games in college football history. It was tradition vs. swagger, the No. 4 versus No. 1. But the name still attached came from a t-shirt manufactured by a few Notre Dame students.
This Was The XFL
A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon launched the XFL. It captured headlines and a sense of undeniable anticipation about what was to come.
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