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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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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.
  • Tue 12/19
  • 5:00AM-7:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
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  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

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.
  • Tue 12/19
  • 7:00AM-9:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
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  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

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.
  • Tue 12/19
  • 1:00PM-3:00PM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
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  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

One and Not Done

S03, E15  (First Aired: Apr. 13, 2017)
An intimate look at University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, one of the most compelling and controversial figures in sports. Featuring never-before-seen footage as he tries to capture his second national title.
  • Tue 12/19
  • 5:00PM-7:00PM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
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  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

What Carter Lost

S03, E21  (First Aired: Aug. 24, 2017)
With several players who would eventually make it to the NFL, the 1988 Dallas Carter Cowboys high school team was one of the greatest in Texas history. A look back at a legacy that was thrown away after a group of players made a terrible decision.
  • Wed 12/20
  • 1:00PM-2:30PM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
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  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

Sole Man

S02, E29  (First Aired: Apr. 16, 2015)
Sonny Vaccaro is a polarizing figure who helped basketball move from a regional game into a global enterprise. Vaccaro helped forge the link between the sneaker industry and basketball, making him one of the most powerful men in the sport.
  • Wed 12/20
  • 8:00PM-9:30PM
  • 71
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  • 203
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  • 716
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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.
  • Wed 12/20
  • 9:30PM-11:00PM
  • 71
  • MSG
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  • 203
  • MSG
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  • 716
  • MSGHD

One and Not Done

S03, E15  (First Aired: Apr. 13, 2017)
An intimate look at University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, one of the most compelling and controversial figures in sports. Featuring never-before-seen footage as he tries to capture his second national title.
  • Wed 12/20
  • 11:00PM-1:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

Sole Man

S02, E29  (First Aired: Apr. 16, 2015)
Sonny Vaccaro is a polarizing figure who helped basketball move from a regional game into a global enterprise. Vaccaro helped forge the link between the sneaker industry and basketball, making him one of the most powerful men in the sport.
  • Thu 12/21
  • 2:00PM-3:30PM
  • 71
  • MSG
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  • 203
  • MSG
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  • 716
  • MSGHD

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 12/21
  • 3:30PM-5:00PM
  • 71
  • MSG
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  •  
  • 203
  • MSG
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  • 716
  • MSGHD

What Carter Lost

S03, E21  (First Aired: Aug. 24, 2017)
With several players who would eventually make it to the NFL, the 1988 Dallas Carter Cowboys high school team was one of the greatest in Texas history. A look back at a legacy that was thrown away after a group of players made a terrible decision.
  • Thu 12/21
  • 4:00PM-5:30PM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

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.
  • Thu 12/21
  • 11:00PM-1:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

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.
  • Fri 12/22
  • 1:00AM-3:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

Celtics/Lakers: Part 1

S03, E16  (First Aired: Jun. 13, 2017)
The Celtics and Lakers played three riveting NBA Finals in a four-year span during the mid-1980s that fueled the popularity of the league and set the stage for the tremendous growth and heightened profile the NBA has enjoyed since.
  • Sun 12/24
  • 1:00PM-3:00PM
  • 35
  • ESPN 2
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  • 211
  • ESPN 2
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  • 735
  • ESPN 2 HD

Celtics/Lakers: Part 2

S03, E17  (First Aired: Jun. 13, 2017)
Boston's Larry Bird and LA's Magic Johnson headline rosters full of charisma and talent as their teams collide in the epic 1984 NBA Finals. The two had previously met in the 1979 NCAA Championship Game, and now welcomed a second title clash.
  • Sun 12/24
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 35
  • ESPN 2
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  • 211
  • ESPN 2
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  • 735
  • ESPN 2 HD

Celtics/Lakers: Part 3

S03, E18  (First Aired: Jun. 14, 2017)
When the Celtics and Lakers meet again in the 1985 and 1987 NBA Finals, the teams' disdain and animosity for each other gradually turns to mutual respect -- led by superstars Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
  • Sun 12/24
  • 4:00PM-6:00PM
  • 35
  • ESPN 2
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  • 211
  • ESPN 2
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Believeland

S03, E09  (First Aired: May. 14, 2016)
Director Andy Billman chronicles the struggles of Cleveland's major sports franchises over the past 50 years and the impact it has all had on the psyche of a typical Cleveland sports fan.
  • Sun 12/24
  • 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • 35
  • ESPN 2
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  • 211
  • ESPN 2
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  • ESPN 2 HD

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 12/24
  • 7:30PM-9:00PM
  • 35
  • ESPN 2
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  • 211
  • ESPN 2
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  • 735
  • ESPN 2 HD

The Bad Boys

S02, E18  (First Aired: Apr. 17, 2014)
Through interviews with Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Adrian Dantley, Mark Aguirre and others, viewers are provided an inside look at what made the Detroit Pistons, of the late 80's and early 90's, tick.
  • Sun 12/24
  • 9:00PM-11:00PM
  • 35
  • ESPN 2
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  • 211
  • ESPN 2
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  • 735
  • ESPN 2 HD

One and Not Done

S03, E15  (First Aired: Apr. 13, 2017)
An intimate look at University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, one of the most compelling and controversial figures in sports. Featuring never-before-seen footage as he tries to capture his second national title.
  • Sun 12/24
  • 10:00PM-12:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

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 12/25
  • 4:30PM-6:00PM
  • 35
  • ESPN 2
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  • 211
  • ESPN 2
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  • 735
  • ESPN 2 HD

One and Not Done

S03, E15  (First Aired: Apr. 13, 2017)
An intimate look at University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, one of the most compelling and controversial figures in sports. Featuring never-before-seen footage as he tries to capture his second national title.
  • Mon 12/25
  • 5:00PM-7:00PM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

Big Shot

S02, E12  (First Aired: Oct. 22, 2013)
Businessman John Spano seemingly rescues the failing New York Islanders in 1996, only to drag the team through scandal and controversy.
  • Mon 12/25
  • 7:00PM-8:30PM
  • 71
  • MSG
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  • 203
  • MSG

Phi Slama Jama

S03, E11  (First Aired: Oct. 18, 2016)
The University of Houston's high-flying basketball team, known as ''Phi Slama Jama,'' made three straight trips to the Final Four and transformed the game forever.
  • Mon 12/25
  • 7:00PM-8:30PM
  • 217
  • ESPNU

Big Shot

S02, E12  (First Aired: Oct. 22, 2013)
Businessman John Spano seemingly rescues the failing New York Islanders in 1996, only to drag the team through scandal and controversy.
  • Mon 12/25
  • 7:00PM-8:30PM
  • 716
  • MSGHD

Phi Slama Jama

S03, E11  (First Aired: Oct. 18, 2016)
The University of Houston's high-flying basketball team, known as ''Phi Slama Jama,'' made three straight trips to the Final Four and transformed the game forever.
  • Mon 12/25
  • 7:00PM-8:30PM
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

Sole Man

S02, E29  (First Aired: Apr. 16, 2015)
Sonny Vaccaro is a polarizing figure who helped basketball move from a regional game into a global enterprise. Vaccaro helped forge the link between the sneaker industry and basketball, making him one of the most powerful men in the sport.
  • Mon 12/25
  • 8:30PM-10:00PM
  • 71
  • MSG
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  •  
  • 203
  • MSG
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  •  
  • 716
  • MSGHD

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 12/25
  • 10:00PM-11:30PM
  • 71
  • MSG
  •  
  •  
  • 203
  • MSG
  •  
  •  
  • 716
  • MSGHD

Sole Man

S02, E29  (First Aired: Apr. 16, 2015)
Sonny Vaccaro is a polarizing figure who helped basketball move from a regional game into a global enterprise. Vaccaro helped forge the link between the sneaker industry and basketball, making him one of the most powerful men in the sport.
  • Mon 12/25
  • 11:30PM-1:00AM
  • 71
  • MSG
  •  
  •  
  • 203
  • MSG
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  •  
  • 716
  • MSGHD

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.
  • Tue 12/26
  • 12:00AM-2:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
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  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

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.
  • Tue 12/26
  • 2:00AM-4:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

Big Shot

S02, E12  (First Aired: Oct. 22, 2013)
Businessman John Spano seemingly rescues the failing New York Islanders in 1996, only to drag the team through scandal and controversy.
  • Tue 12/26
  • 4:00PM-5:30PM
  • 71
  • MSG
  •  
  •  
  • 203
  • MSG
  •  
  •  
  • 716
  • MSGHD

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.
  • Tue 12/26
  • 5:30PM-7:00PM
  • 71
  • MSG
  •  
  •  
  • 203
  • MSG
  •  
  •  
  • 716
  • MSGHD

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.
  • Tue 12/26
  • 8:00PM-10:00PM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

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.
  • Tue 12/26
  • 9:30PM-11:30PM
  • 71
  • MSG
  •  
  •  
  • 203
  • MSG
  •  
  •  
  • 716
  • MSGHD

One and Not Done

S03, E15  (First Aired: Apr. 13, 2017)
An intimate look at University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, one of the most compelling and controversial figures in sports. Featuring never-before-seen footage as he tries to capture his second national title.
  • Tue 12/26
  • 10:00PM-12:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

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.
  • Wed 12/27
  • 8:00AM-10:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
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  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

What Carter Lost

S03, E21  (First Aired: Aug. 24, 2017)
With several players who would eventually make it to the NFL, the 1988 Dallas Carter Cowboys high school team was one of the greatest in Texas history. A look back at a legacy that was thrown away after a group of players made a terrible decision.
  • Wed 12/27
  • 4:00PM-5:30PM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

One and Not Done

S03, E15  (First Aired: Apr. 13, 2017)
An intimate look at University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, one of the most compelling and controversial figures in sports. Featuring never-before-seen footage as he tries to capture his second national title.
  • Wed 12/27
  • 11:00PM-1:00AM
  • 217
  • ESPNU
  •  
  •  
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

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.
  • Wed 12/27
  • 11:30PM-1:30AM
  • 71
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  • 203
  • MSG
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  • 716
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Tommy

S03, E23  (First Aired: Sep. 27, 2017)
Boxer Tommy Morrison's remarkable rise and stunningly tragic fall. He was one of the best heavyweights of his time; a handsome, yet unsettled young fighter primed for more stardom before a positive HIV test forced him into retirement at age 27.
  • Sat 12/30
  • 8:00PM-9:30PM
  • 35
  • ESPN 2
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  • 211
  • ESPN 2

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.''
  • Sat 12/30
  • 8:00PM-9:30PM
  • 217
  • ESPNU

Tommy

S03, E23  (First Aired: Sep. 27, 2017)
Boxer Tommy Morrison's remarkable rise and stunningly tragic fall. He was one of the best heavyweights of his time; a handsome, yet unsettled young fighter primed for more stardom before a positive HIV test forced him into retirement at age 27.
  • Sat 12/30
  • 8:00PM-9:30PM
  • 735
  • ESPN 2 HD

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.''
  • Sat 12/30
  • 8:00PM-9:30PM
  • 794
  • ESPNU HD

Nature Boy

S03, E24  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 2017)
The life and career of WWE legend Ric Flair, including interviews with Flair's living children and several retired wrestlers including Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Triple H, The Undertaker, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.
  • Sat 12/30
  • 9:30PM-11:00PM
  • 35
  • ESPN 2
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  • ESPN 2
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