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ESPN's award winning documentary series 30 for 30 will return for a second go around. The monumentally successful series focuses on exploring in depth important and intriguing sports stories in a unique way. Pitched by ESPN columnist Bill Simmons, also known as "The Sports Guy," 30 for 30 brought athletes, events, and cultural trends from the last 30 years into a greater light. Simmons also serves as the executive producer for the series and is committed to giving the individual directors of each installment of the series full creative control.
The format of the series involves personal interviews with athletes, coaches, sports columnists, and other figures who were involved. The first episode, "The King's Ransom," explored the effect the trade between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles King, which brought superstar Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles in 1988, had on the landscape of the hockey world.
Another highly popular episode, "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks," focused on the heated rivalry of the 1990s between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers and featured insight from Miller himself, filmmaker and super fan Spike Lee, and many other players, coaches, and media members involved at the time.
30 for 30's "Jordan Rides the Bus" brought Michael Jordan's attempt at a career in baseball into an entirely new perspective, while the powerful "Fab Five" focused on the cultural ramifications of the phenomenal 1991 Michigan University basketball recruiting class.
The success of 30 for 30 encouraged ESPN to add similar documentaries to its lineup such as "Roll Tide/War Eagle" and "The Announcement," perhaps the most powerful episode yet, which gave its audience one of the most emotional and in depth looks into the life of Earvin "Magic" Johnson and his battle against HIV to date.
30 for 30 will return for a second promising season in the fall of 2012. The new episodes will be supplemented with bonus interviews, articles, and podcasts on Grantland.com, executive producer Bill Simmons' new website. Some of the topics confirmed to be explored in the next installment of 30 for 30 include Auburn University two-sport superstar Bo Jackson's career and the 1983 North Carolina State basketball team's thrilling run to the NCAA championship. The series will keep the same format and bring along mostly the same crew, with directors maintaining the full creative control that made the series so successful in the first place.
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A look at the Shaquille O'Neal-led Orlando Magic teams of the 1990s and how they fell short of an NBA title.
Looking back, 10 years later, at the 2006 Duke lacrosse case in which three athletes were accused of rape, only to have all charges lifted the following year. Director Marina Zenovich investigates the case's main issues of sex, race, class and violence.
The documentary focuses on a legendary cast of characters, including head coach Mike Ditka, QB Jim McMahon and the inimitable William "The Refrigerator" Perry who made Chicago Bears as riveting off the field as they were on it on their way to winning Super Bowl XX.
Even though the Buffalo Bills of the early 1990's went to four Super Bowls in a row, they never brought home the wanted Vince Lombardi Trophy.