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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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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.
  • Thu 8/25
  • 11:30PM-1:00AM
  • ESPN 2

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 8/26
  • 11:00AM-1:00PM
  • ESPNU

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.
  • Fri 8/26
  • 1:00PM-3:00PM
  • ESPNU

The '85 Bears

S03, E06  (First Aired: Feb. 4, 2016)
A look at the Chicago Bears on the 30th anniversary of their Super Bowl XX win. The birth of Buddy Ryan's 46 Defense, their win over the 49ers, the loss to the Dolphins that ruined their perfect season and the Super Bowl Shuffle.
  • Fri 8/26
  • 11:00PM-1:00AM
  • 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.
  • Sat 8/27
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
  • 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.
  • Sat 8/27
  • 11:00AM-12:30PM
  • ESPN Clsc

When the Garden Was Eden

S02, E22  (First Aired: Oct. 21, 2014)
An examination of the New York Knicks during their NBA championship runs in the 1970s.
  • Sat 8/27
  • 3:30PM-5:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Without Bias

S01, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 2009)
Filmmaker Kirk Fraser uses interviews with teammates, family and friends of Len Bias in an effort to determine what happened on the night Bias died.
  • Sat 8/27
  • 5:00PM-6:00PM
  • 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 8/27
  • 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • 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.
  • Sat 8/27
  • 8:00PM-10:00PM
  • 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 8/27
  • 10:00PM-12:00AM
  • 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.
  • Sun 8/28
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
  • 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.
  • Sun 8/28
  • 4:00AM-5:00AM
  • ESPN 2

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 8/28
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

June 17, 1994

S01, E15  (First Aired: Jun. 16, 2010)
Filmmaker Brett Morgen chronicles events: Arnold Palmer plays his last round at a U.S. Open, the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Chicago, the Rangers celebrate on Broadway, O.J. Simpson leads America on a slow speed chase in a white Ford Bronco.
  • Sun 8/28
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • ESPN 2

Muhammad and Larry

S01, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 2009)
Documentary footage of Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes as they prepare for their 1980 heavyweight title fight.
  • Sun 8/28
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 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 8/28
  • 11:00AM-12:30PM
  • ESPN Clsc

When the Garden Was Eden

S02, E22  (First Aired: Oct. 21, 2014)
An examination of the New York Knicks during their NBA championship runs in the 1970s.
  • Sun 8/28
  • 3:30PM-5:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Without Bias

S01, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 2009)
Filmmaker Kirk Fraser uses interviews with teammates, family and friends of Len Bias in an effort to determine what happened on the night Bias died.
  • Sun 8/28
  • 5:00PM-6:00PM
  • 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 8/28
  • 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • 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 8/29
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 8/29
  • 11:00PM-1:00AM
  • ESPN 2

Run Ricky Run

S01, E12  (First Aired: Apr. 27, 2010)
Examining Ricky Williams' decision to leave football in 2004, his life away from the sport and his eventual return to the NFL.
  • Wed 8/31
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • ESPN 2

Four Days in October

S01, E24  (First Aired: Oct. 5, 2010)
MLB Productions chronicles the 2004 American League playoff series between the Yankees and Red Sox that made baseball history and finally put an end to the ``Curse of the Bambino.''
  • Wed 8/31
  • 11:30PM-12:30AM
  • ESPN 2

You Don't Know Bo

S02, E06  (First Aired: Dec. 8, 2012)
This documentary film takes a close look at the creation of a legend -- two-sport athlete Vincent Edward ``Bo'' Jackson, the only person ever selected to play in the NFL Pro Bowl and the MLB All-Star Game.
  • Wed 8/31
  • 11:30PM-1:00AM
  • ESPNU

Trojan War

S03, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 13, 2015)
The rise and fall of the USC Trojan football team under the nine-year leadership of Pete Carroll.
  • Thu 9/1
  • 2:30AM-4:00AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 9/1
  • 5:00AM-7:00AM
  • ESPNU

Trojan War

S03, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 13, 2015)
The rise and fall of the USC Trojan football team under the nine-year leadership of Pete Carroll.
  • Thu 9/1
  • 11:30PM-1:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 9/2
  • 10:00PM-12:00AM
  • 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 9/3
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Without Bias

S01, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 2009)
Filmmaker Kirk Fraser uses interviews with teammates, family and friends of Len Bias in an effort to determine what happened on the night Bias died.
  • Sat 9/3
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
  • 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.
  • Sat 9/3
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Muhammad and Larry

S01, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 2009)
Documentary footage of Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes as they prepare for their 1980 heavyweight title fight.
  • Sat 9/3
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Run Ricky Run

S01, E12  (First Aired: Apr. 27, 2010)
Examining Ricky Williams' decision to leave football in 2004, his life away from the sport and his eventual return to the NFL.
  • Sat 9/3
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 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 9/3
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Trojan War

S03, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 13, 2015)
The rise and fall of the USC Trojan football team under the nine-year leadership of Pete Carroll.
  • Sat 9/3
  • 8:00AM-9:30AM
  • ESPNU

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 9/3
  • 9:00AM-10:30AM
  • ESPN Clsc

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 9/3
  • 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Once Brothers

S01, E25  (First Aired: Oct. 12, 2010)
NBA Entertainment documents how the war between Croatia and Serbia ended the relationship between lifelong friends Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac, resulting in months of silence between the two before Petrovic's fateful car crash in June of 1993.
  • Sat 9/3
  • 1:30PM-3:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Muhammad and Larry

S01, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 2009)
Documentary footage of Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes as they prepare for their 1980 heavyweight title fight.
  • Sat 9/3
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 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 9/3
  • 4:00PM-6:00PM
  • 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 9/3
  • 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

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.
  • Sat 9/3
  • 8:30PM-10:30PM
  • ESPNU

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 9/3
  • 10:00PM-12:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Muhammad and Larry

S01, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 2009)
Documentary footage of Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes as they prepare for their 1980 heavyweight title fight.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • 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 9/4
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Without Bias

S01, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 2009)
Filmmaker Kirk Fraser uses interviews with teammates, family and friends of Len Bias in an effort to determine what happened on the night Bias died.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 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.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • 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.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Run Ricky Run

S01, E12  (First Aired: Apr. 27, 2010)
Examining Ricky Williams' decision to leave football in 2004, his life away from the sport and his eventual return to the NFL.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 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 9/4
  • 9:00AM-10:30AM
  • ESPN Clsc

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.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • ESPN Clsc

Once Brothers

S01, E25  (First Aired: Oct. 12, 2010)
NBA Entertainment documents how the war between Croatia and Serbia ended the relationship between lifelong friends Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac, resulting in months of silence between the two before Petrovic's fateful car crash in June of 1993.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 1:30PM-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.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 3:00PM-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.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 4:00PM-6:00PM
  • 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 9/4
  • 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • 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.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 10:00PM-11:30PM
  • 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.
  • Sun 9/4
  • 10:00PM-12:00AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 9/5
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 9/5
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Without Bias

S01, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 2009)
Filmmaker Kirk Fraser uses interviews with teammates, family and friends of Len Bias in an effort to determine what happened on the night Bias died.
  • Mon 9/5
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Muhammad and Larry

S01, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 2009)
Documentary footage of Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes as they prepare for their 1980 heavyweight title fight.
  • Mon 9/5
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • ESPN Clsc

Trojan War

S03, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 13, 2015)
The rise and fall of the USC Trojan football team under the nine-year leadership of Pete Carroll.
  • Mon 9/5
  • 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • ESPNU

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.
  • Mon 9/5
  • 8:00PM-10:00PM
  • 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.
  • Tue 9/6
  • 4:00AM-5:00AM
  • ESPNU
  •  
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • ESPNU

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.
  • Wed 9/7
  • 1:30AM-3:00AM
  • ESPN 2