ESPN Films, which earlier this summer announced plans for a second “30 For 30″ series of sports documentaries, has announced the first six, which will air on the network this fall.
The series will kick off with “Broke” (directed by Billy Corben), a look at athletes who have lost all their money. Next is “9.79*” (Daniel Gordon), about the controversial 100-meter race at the 1988 Olympics. “There’s No Place Like Home (Maura Mandt and Josh Swade) takes a look at the auction of James Naismith’s original basketball rules in 2010.
“Benji” (Coodie and Chike) tells the story of doomed 1980s hoops phenom Ben Wilson, while “Ghosts of Ole Miss” (Fritz Mitchell) looks at violence at the University of Mississippi during the civil rights era, as told by ESPN the Magazine writer Wright Thompson. And finally, Michael Bonfiglio’s “You Don’t Know Do” looks at 1980s multi-sport superstar Bo Jackson.
The first five documentaries will air on Tuesdays in October, with the sixth scheduled for Dec. 8. All films will be released on iTunes the day after they air, with a DVD set of all six coming out in December.
The original “30 For 30″ series launched in 2009, to mark the network’s 30th anniversary. Executive-produced by a team that included ESPN star columnist Bill Simmons, the series included the contributions of several acclaimed documentarians and other top directors. Following the first 30 ESPN broadcast some documentaries under the “ESPN Films” brand, but chose to revive the “30 For 30″ name for this fall’s series.