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30 for 30

30 for 30

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, ESPN looks back at notable sports happenings that occurred from 1979 to 2009 with this documentary series featuring 30 films from some of Hollywood's finest directors and producers. Peter Berg, Barry Levinson, John Singleton, Spike Jonze, Dan Klores, Barbara Kopple, Ron Shelton and Albert Maysles are among the filmmakers involved, and the stories told include the shocking trade of Wayne Gretzky in 1988, the Baltimore Colts' nighttime move in 1984, Reggie Miller's rivalry with the New York Knicks, the death of Len Bias in 1986, a profile of George Steinbrenner and his family business, and a look at Michael Jordan's attempt at a baseball career. A new series of 30 films premiered in October 2012 with ``Broke,'' about the challenges athletes face in managing their money.

Premiere:
Oct 06, 2009
Original Network:
ESPN
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No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson

S01, E10  (First Aired: Apr. 13, 2010)
Oscar nominee Steve James returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, to take a personal look at a still disputed incident in the life of a young Allen Iverson.
  • Sat 9/24
  • 2:30PM-4:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Bernie and Ernie

S02, E14  (First Aired: Nov. 5, 2013)
Basketball players Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld form an unlikely friendship despite vastly differing backgrounds and experiences.
  • Sat 9/24
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

There's No Place Like Home

S02, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 16, 2012)
Filmmakers Maura Mandt and Josh Swade chronicle the story of the most important document in sports history -- James Naismith's original rules of basketball -- and the quest to return it home.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Free Spirits

S02, E10  (First Aired: Oct. 8, 2013)
The colorful story of the Spirits of St. Louis - an entertaining and at times controversial team featuring stars like Marvin ``Bad News'' Barnes and James ``Fly'' Williams with an upstart sportscaster named Bob Costas calling the play-by-play.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Pony Excess

S01, E30  (First Aired: Dec. 11, 2010)
Southern Methodist University's football program was riding high in the early '80s -- only to receive the ``death penalty'' from the NCAA after numerous rules violations.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 4:00AM-6:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

The U

S01, E07  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 2009)
Filmmaker Billy Corben documents the rise to prominence of the college football program at the University of Miami.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 6:00AM-8:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

The U: Part 2

S02, E26  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 2014)
The University of Miami's football program tries to recover from the devastation left by NCAA sanctions and scandals.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 8:00AM-10:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Playing for the Mob

S02, E20  (First Aired: Oct. 7, 2014)
Mobster Henry Hill once helped to orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games. Narrated by Ray Liotta, who portrayed Hill in the movie ``Goodfellas.''
  • Sun 9/25
  • 10:00AM-11:30AM
  • ESPN Clsc

The Price of Gold

S02, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 16, 2014)
A profile of a January 6, 1994, incident at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where an unknown attacker strikes Nancy Kerrigan - an assailant that is later revealed to be a hit man hired by the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 11:30AM-1:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Benji

S02, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 23, 2012)
In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was America's most talented basketball prospect until the sweet-natured boy was senselessly murdered.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 1:00PM-2:30PM
  • ESPN Clsc

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson

S01, E10  (First Aired: Apr. 13, 2010)
Oscar nominee Steve James returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, to take a personal look at a still disputed incident in the life of a young Allen Iverson.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 5:30PM-7:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Bernie and Ernie

S02, E14  (First Aired: Nov. 5, 2013)
Basketball players Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld form an unlikely friendship despite vastly differing backgrounds and experiences.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?

S01, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 20, 2009)
Filmmaker Mike Tollin documents the impact that the upstart United States Football League had on pro football history.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 9:00PM-10:00PM
  • ESPN 2

Free Spirits

S02, E10  (First Aired: Oct. 8, 2013)
The colorful story of the Spirits of St. Louis - an entertaining and at times controversial team featuring stars like Marvin ``Bad News'' Barnes and James ``Fly'' Williams with an upstart sportscaster named Bob Costas calling the play-by-play.
  • Mon 9/26
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

There's No Place Like Home

S02, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 16, 2012)
Filmmakers Maura Mandt and Josh Swade chronicle the story of the most important document in sports history -- James Naismith's original rules of basketball -- and the quest to return it home.
  • Mon 9/26
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Rand University

S02, E25  (First Aired: Nov. 11, 2014)
Exploring the enigma of former NFL great Randy Moss leads back to his hometown of Rand, West Virginia.
  • Mon 9/26
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • ESPNU

Doc & Darryl

S03, E10  (First Aired: Jul. 14, 2016)
A look at former New York Mets superstar pitcher Dwight ''Doc'' Gooden and power hitter Darryl Strawberry. They were stars on a team that captured the 1986 World Series, then broke the hearts of Mets fans when their lives spiraled out of control.
  • Mon 9/26
  • 8:30PM-10:00PM
  • ESPN 2

Youngstown Boys

S02, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 14, 2013)
An exploration of the class and power dynamics in college sports through the interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 2:00AM-4:00AM
  • ESPNU

Rand University

S02, E25  (First Aired: Nov. 11, 2014)
Exploring the enigma of former NFL great Randy Moss leads back to his hometown of Rand, West Virginia.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 5:30PM-6:30PM
  • ESPNU

Survive and Advance

S02, E07  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 2013)
North Carolina State, coached by Jim Valvano, was a huge underdog in the 1983 NCAA Final vs. top-ranked Houston - resulting in one of the greatest college basketball upsets ever.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 8:00PM-10:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Youngstown Boys

S02, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 14, 2013)
An exploration of the class and power dynamics in college sports through the interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 8:00PM-10:00PM
  • VICE
  •  
  • 11:00PM-1:00AM
  • VICE
  • Sat 10/1
  • 2:00AM-4:00AM
  • VICE

Four Falls of Buffalo

S03, E05  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 2015)
The Buffalo Bills of the early '90s made it to four straight Super Bowls, yet never brought home the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
  • Sat 10/1
  • 3:30AM-5:30AM
  • ESPN 2

The Best That Never Was

S01, E29  (First Aired: Nov. 9, 2010)
Filmmaker Jonathan Hock documents the rise, fall and comeback of running back Marcus Dupree. From a highly recruited prospect through a forgettable college career at the University of Oklahoma, Dupree ultimately uses football to redeem himself.
  • Sat 10/1
  • 4:00AM-6:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Youngstown Boys

S02, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 14, 2013)
An exploration of the class and power dynamics in college sports through the interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel.
  • Sat 10/1
  • 6:00AM-8:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Pony Excess

S01, E30  (First Aired: Dec. 11, 2010)
Southern Methodist University's football program was riding high in the early '80s -- only to receive the ``death penalty'' from the NCAA after numerous rules violations.
  • Sat 10/1
  • 8:00AM-10:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

I Hate Christian Laettner

S02, E28  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 2015)
Director Rory Karpf, through interviews with former players and rivals as well as Laettner himself, explores why this former Duke star was, and still is, so disliked.
  • Sat 10/1
  • 11:30AM-1:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Chasing Tyson

S03, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 10, 2015)
Boxer Evander Holyfield patiently awaited his chance to take on Mike Tyson, who ruled the heavyweight division with an outsized personality and ferocious punches, even while behind bars.
  • Sat 10/1
  • 1:00PM-2:30PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Brothers In Exile

S02, E24  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 2014)
Profiles of Cuban half-brothers Livan and Orlando ``El Duque'' Hernandez, both of whom became major league pitchers.
  • Sat 10/1
  • 2:30PM-4:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

The Two Escobars

S01, E16  (First Aired: Jun. 22, 2010)
Investigating the relationship between crime and sport and the connections between the murders of soccer star Andrés Escobar and drug baron Pablo Escobar in Colombia.
  • Sat 10/1
  • 4:00PM-6:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Requiem for the Big East

S02, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 16, 2014)
A recollection of the original Big East Conference, from its simple beginnings and regional rivalries to its national prominence as one of the most successful college basketball leagues, and how it ended up fighting for its survival.
  • Sat 10/1
  • 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Survive and Advance

S02, E07  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 2013)
North Carolina State, coached by Jim Valvano, was a huge underdog in the 1983 NCAA Final vs. top-ranked Houston - resulting in one of the greatest college basketball upsets ever.
  • Sat 10/1
  • 8:00PM-10:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

The Best That Never Was

S01, E29  (First Aired: Nov. 9, 2010)
Filmmaker Jonathan Hock documents the rise, fall and comeback of running back Marcus Dupree. From a highly recruited prospect through a forgettable college career at the University of Oklahoma, Dupree ultimately uses football to redeem himself.
  • Sun 10/2
  • 4:00AM-6:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Youngstown Boys

S02, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 14, 2013)
An exploration of the class and power dynamics in college sports through the interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel.
  • Sun 10/2
  • 6:00AM-8:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Pony Excess

S01, E30  (First Aired: Dec. 11, 2010)
Southern Methodist University's football program was riding high in the early '80s -- only to receive the ``death penalty'' from the NCAA after numerous rules violations.
  • Sun 10/2
  • 8:00AM-10:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Chasing Tyson

S03, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 10, 2015)
Boxer Evander Holyfield patiently awaited his chance to take on Mike Tyson, who ruled the heavyweight division with an outsized personality and ferocious punches, even while behind bars.
  • Sun 10/2
  • 10:00AM-11:30AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Brothers In Exile

S02, E24  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 2014)
Profiles of Cuban half-brothers Livan and Orlando ``El Duque'' Hernandez, both of whom became major league pitchers.
  • Sun 10/2
  • 11:30AM-1:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Playing for the Mob

S02, E20  (First Aired: Oct. 7, 2014)
Mobster Henry Hill once helped to orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games. Narrated by Ray Liotta, who portrayed Hill in the movie ``Goodfellas.''
  • Sun 10/2
  • 2:30PM-4:00PM
  • ESPN 2

I Hate Christian Laettner

S02, E28  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 2015)
Director Rory Karpf, through interviews with former players and rivals as well as Laettner himself, explores why this former Duke star was, and still is, so disliked.
  • Sun 10/2
  • 2:30PM-4:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Requiem for the Big East

S02, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 16, 2014)
A recollection of the original Big East Conference, from its simple beginnings and regional rivalries to its national prominence as one of the most successful college basketball leagues, and how it ended up fighting for its survival.
  • Sun 10/2
  • 4:00PM-6:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

This Magic Moment

S03, E08  (First Aired: Apr. 14, 2016)
The Orlando Magic were considered the fairy tale team of the mid-90's whose popularity grew, in part, due to players like Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.
  • Sun 10/2
  • 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • ESPN 2

The Two Escobars

S01, E16  (First Aired: Jun. 22, 2010)
Investigating the relationship between crime and sport and the connections between the murders of soccer star Andrés Escobar and drug baron Pablo Escobar in Colombia.
  • Sun 10/2
  • 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Survive and Advance

S02, E07  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 2013)
North Carolina State, coached by Jim Valvano, was a huge underdog in the 1983 NCAA Final vs. top-ranked Houston - resulting in one of the greatest college basketball upsets ever.
  • Sun 10/2
  • 8:00PM-10:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Doc & Darryl

S03, E10  (First Aired: Jul. 14, 2016)
A look at former New York Mets superstar pitcher Dwight ''Doc'' Gooden and power hitter Darryl Strawberry. They were stars on a team that captured the 1986 World Series, then broke the hearts of Mets fans when their lives spiraled out of control.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • ESPN 2

Rand University

S02, E25  (First Aired: Nov. 11, 2014)
Exploring the enigma of former NFL great Randy Moss leads back to his hometown of Rand, West Virginia.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • ESPNU

The Gospel According to Mac

S03, E03  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 2015)
The polarizing beliefs and on-field successes of former Colorado football coach Bill McCartney.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 4:00PM-6:00PM
  • ESPNU

Youngstown Boys

S02, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 14, 2013)
An exploration of the class and power dynamics in college sports through the interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 8:00PM-10:00PM
  • VICE

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson

S01, E10  (First Aired: Apr. 13, 2010)
Oscar nominee Steve James returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, to take a personal look at a still disputed incident in the life of a young Allen Iverson.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 10:00PM-11:30PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Youngstown Boys

S02, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 14, 2013)
An exploration of the class and power dynamics in college sports through the interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 11:00PM-1:00AM
  • VICE

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks

S01, E08  (First Aired: Mar. 14, 2010)
Award-winning director Dan Klores looks back on how, in 1995, one player managed to rub an entire city the wrong way.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 11:30PM-1:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Brian and the Boz

S02, E23  (First Aired: Oct. 28, 2014)
The rise, fall and maturation of former Oklahoma University All-American linebacker Brian Bosworth.
  • Sat 10/8
  • 1:00AM-2:30AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Youngstown Boys

S02, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 14, 2013)
An exploration of the class and power dynamics in college sports through the interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel.
  • Sat 10/8
  • 2:00AM-4:00AM
  • VICE

Elway to Marino

S02, E08  (First Aired: Apr. 23, 2013)
The 1983 NFL Draft was highlighted by a record six quarterbacks being taken in the first round, including John Elway and Dan Marino.
  • Sat 10/8
  • 4:00AM-5:30AM
  • ESPN 2

The Two Escobars

S01, E16  (First Aired: Jun. 22, 2010)
Investigating the relationship between crime and sport and the connections between the murders of soccer star Andrés Escobar and drug baron Pablo Escobar in Colombia.
  • Sat 10/8
  • 4:00AM-6:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

The Best That Never Was

S01, E29  (First Aired: Nov. 9, 2010)
Filmmaker Jonathan Hock documents the rise, fall and comeback of running back Marcus Dupree. From a highly recruited prospect through a forgettable college career at the University of Oklahoma, Dupree ultimately uses football to redeem himself.
  • Sat 10/8
  • 6:00AM-8:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Pony Excess

S01, E30  (First Aired: Dec. 11, 2010)
Southern Methodist University's football program was riding high in the early '80s -- only to receive the ``death penalty'' from the NCAA after numerous rules violations.
  • Sat 10/8
  • 8:00AM-10:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Benji

S02, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 23, 2012)
In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was America's most talented basketball prospect until the sweet-natured boy was senselessly murdered.
  • Sat 10/8
  • 11:30AM-1:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Silly Little Game

S01, E11  (First Aired: Apr. 20, 2010)
The early development and ultimate explosion of Rotisserie Baseball, the forerunner of today's multi-billion dollar fantasy sports industry.
  • Sat 10/8
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Jordan Rides the Bus

S01, E18  (First Aired: Aug. 24, 2010)
In 1993, following the murder of his father, Michael Jordan shocked the world of sport when he turned his back on basketball to take up minor league baseball.
  • Sat 10/8
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Little Big Men

S01, E19  (First Aired: Aug. 31, 2010)
In 1982, facing troubled times, America was looking for inspiration. Filmmaker Al Szymanski shows how a group of Little Leaguers from Kirkland, Wash., inspired a nation.
  • Sat 10/8
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc