Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

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  • 1995
  • 29 Seasons
  • 7.8  (454)

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is a sports journalism television program that debuted in 1995 on HBO. The show is hosted by Bryant Gumbel and features a team of correspondents including Bernard Goldberg and Jon Frankel. Real Sports explores various stories and issues in the world of sports, from profiles of athletes and teams to issues of ethics and social justice.

Each episode of Real Sports is comprised of several segments, each covering a different topic in depth. The specific topics vary from episode to episode, but they are always timely and relevant to the world of sports. For example, one episode might focus on the increasing prevalence of concussions in football, while another might explore the world of extreme sports and the dangers facing athletes who participate in them.

What sets Real Sports apart from other sports programs is its commitment to investigative journalism. The correspondents on the show are known for their hard-hitting reporting and willingness to tackle controversial topics. They have covered everything from doping scandals to corruption in college sports, and their reporting has often sparked change in the world of sports.

One of the strengths of Real Sports is the variety of stories it covers. While other sports programs focus primarily on game highlights and analysis, Real Sports delves deeper into the issues behind the games. This allows viewers to see a side of sports they might not otherwise be exposed to.

In addition to covering controversial topics, Real Sports also profiles athletes and teams who are making a positive impact on the world. For example, one episode might feature a basketball team made up entirely of refugees, while another might showcase a charitable organization started by a former NFL player. These stories help to balance out the program and provide viewers with a more complete picture of the world of sports.

One of the hallmarks of Real Sports is its commitment to fairness and accuracy. The correspondents on the show are known for their rigorous fact-checking and their willingness to provide multiple perspectives on controversial issues. This has earned the program a reputation for being one of the most trustworthy sources of sports journalism on television.

Overall, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is a must-watch for fans of sports journalism. Whether you're a die-hard sports fan or someone who simply enjoys good reporting, this show has something for everyone. With its commitment to investigative journalism, wide range of topics, and dedication to fairness and accuracy, Real Sports is a true standout in the world of sports programming.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is a series that is currently running and has 29 seasons (339 episodes). The series first aired on April 2, 1995.

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Real Sports 315: Submersible Tragedy
28. Real Sports 315: Submersible Tragedy
July 21, 2023
In the wake of the OceanGate Titan submersible tragedy, Real Sports checks in with Victor Vescovo, the most accomplished deep-sea explorer in the world, who not only built his own vessel but sounded alarms prior to the Titan's ill-fated journey.
Real Sports 315: Special Triathletes
27. Real Sports 315: Special Triathletes
July 21, 2023
A group of Special Olympics athletes in Florida is using triathlon training to achieve feats that many thought impossible.
Real Sports 315: Brad Daugherty
26. Real Sports 315: Brad Daugherty
July 21, 2023
Retired NBA legend Brad Daugherty never won an NBA title, so he took a route to a championship through a very different sport: NASCAR.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 315: Iranian Athletes
25. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 315: Iranian Athletes
July 21, 2023
Iranian athletes have been among the most high-profile protesters calling for regime change in their home country. But as several athletes and families attest, the regime's crackdown has been brutal including torture, imprisonment and executions.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 314: Matt Araiza
22. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 314: Matt Araiza
June 23, 2023
Punter Matt Araiza was a rising star in the NFL until he was named in a graphic gang rape lawsuit. Araiza was immediately cut from the Bills and remains jobless despite new evidence that questions the accuser
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 313: Mansour Bahrami
20. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 313: Mansour Bahrami
May 26, 2023
An update on beloved Iranian tennis star Mansour Bahrami who, when he isn't on the court thrilling crowds with his signature trick shots on the senior circuit, is a loud and proud leader of the "free Iran" protest movement in Paris.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 313: Fields of Play
19. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 313: Fields of Play
May 26, 2023
Many stuntpeople in big-budget action films who were once elite athletes are now turning sport into art despite long hours and high risks.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 312: Valentino Dixon
16. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 312: Valentino Dixon
April 21, 2023
Real Sports revisits the stunning story of Valentino Dixon, who after spending 27 years in jail for a crime he didn
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 312: Indian Soccer School for Girls
15. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 312: Indian Soccer School for Girls
April 21, 2023
In a rural region of India, where the majority of girls are forced into arranged marriages by their teens, there is a first-of-its-kind soccer program and school that provides life-changing access to sport and education to hundreds of young girls.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 312: Russian Olympic Athletes Debate
14. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 312: Russian Olympic Athletes Debate
April 21, 2023
Bryant Gumbel examines the swirling controversy surrounding Russian athletes participating in the upcoming Paris Olympics.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 312: Drew Rosenhaus
13. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 312: Drew Rosenhaus
April 21, 2023
In the lead up to the NFL draft, Real Sports talks to super agent Drew Rosenhaus who still represents the highest number of NFL players in the game, including controversial University of Georgia star Jalen Carter.
Real Sports with Bryany Gumbel (Dec 2023)
12. Real Sports with Bryany Gumbel (Dec 2023)
December 19, 2023
In this series-ending edition, Bryant Gumbel and his correspondents reflect on some of the most memorable segments from across 29 seasons.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Nov 2023)
11. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Nov 2023)
November 21, 2023
An award-winning monthly sports journalism series with investigative pieces and in-depth profiles from across the sports spectrum.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Oct 2023)
10. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Oct 2023)
October 24, 2023
An award-winning monthly sports journalism series with investigative pieces and in-depth profiles from across the sports spectrum.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Sept 2023)
9. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Sept 2023)
September 26, 2023
Special admissions for athletes at top colleges; pressure on NFL kickers; Dodgers' autistic clubhouse attendant; Skid Row running club.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Aug 2023)
8. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Aug 2023)
August 22, 2023
Segments include "Running Guide Dogs," "Agility Dogs," and "Iditarod."
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (July 2023)
7. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (July 2023)
July 18, 2023
Brad Daugherty: Retired NBA legend Brad Daugherty never won an NBA title, so he took a route to a championship through a very different sport: NASCAR. In February, Daugherty, now the owner of a racing team, won the most important race in American motorsports – the Daytona 500 – and in doing so made NASCAR history, becoming the first Black owner to capture the circuit's top prize. Correspondent Jonathan Jones reports. Producer: Evan Burgos. Iranian Athletes: Iranian athletes have been among the most high-profile protesters calling for regime change in their home country, consequently putting targets on their backs as the government views them as a threat to stability. As several athletes and families have told "Real Sports," the regime's crackdown has been brutal: imprisoning many, torturing others, and even executing those they deem the biggest threats. Correspondent David Scott reports. Producer: Nisreen Habbal. Special Olympics - Triathlon Edition: There's a group of Special Olympics athletes in Florida who are using their triathlon training to change their lives. Led by Chris Nikic, the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman, this group of young adults is breaking down physical barriers and social stigmas to achieve athletic feats that many thought impossible. Correspondent Mary Carillo reports. Producer: Beret Remak. Victor Vescovo (Update): In the wake of the OceanGate Titan submersible tragedy, "Real Sports" checks in with Victor Vescovo, an explorer who had built his own deep-sea submersible in 2018. Vescovo, who lost two friends in the accident, believes the tragedy was avoidable and that early warning signs about safety were ignored. Correspondent Bryant Gumbel reports. Producers: Nisreen Habbal, Daniel Litke.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (June 2023)
6. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (June 2023)
June 20, 2023
Matt Araiza: Matt Araiza was a rising star in the NFL, a rookie on the Buffalo Bills, and the rare punter whose highlights went viral. But just as the season was about to start, he was named in a graphic lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating a gang rape at a college party. Araiza was immediately cut from the Bills and swiftly tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. In December, the San Diego District Attorney declined to file any charges in the case and now, as Araiza is still without a job, evidence has emerged that questions what happened. Correspondent Andrea Kremer reports. Producer: Nick Dolin.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (May 2023)
5. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (May 2023)
May 23, 2023
Grass vs. Turf: Following a rash of injuries in recent years, NFL players have repeatedly spoken out about the playing surface used in about half the league's games in place of grass – artificial turf. But amidst all the acrimony and angst at the NFL level, little is being said about the health of high school football players, who play on artificial turf fields across the country. "Real Sports" examines high school football injuries, and whether they are caused by the ground beneath. Correspondent Andrea Kremer reports. Producer: Jake Rosenwasser. Zion Clark: Zion Clark has overcome odds most of his opponents couldn't imagine. Abandonedat birth after being born without legs due to a rare disorder, Clark moved from foster home to foster home where he says he suffered abuse and neglect which sent him spiraling. He found wrestling in high school, and has spent the last five years training to be a professional MMA fighter, notching a victory in his first fight last year. Correspondent David Scott reports. Producer: Katie Melone. Stuntpeople: Stunt performers in blockbuster action movies do everything from fly through the air with acrobatic grace to flipping cars at high rates of speed. It's not surprising many were elite athletes in their previous lives, including college gymnasts, black belts in martial arts, or race car drivers. It can be a grueling life full of long hours, danger and broken bones, but for those who hung up their pro athlete dreams for stunt work, most say they have no regrets as they now get to spend their days in show business, turning sport into art. Correspondent Jon Frankel reports. Producer: Jordan Kronick.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (April 2023)
4. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (April 2023)
April 18, 2023
Sitting down with Drew Rosenhaus, sports agent; exploring a girls' soccer program in India; revisiting Valentino Dixon, imprisoned for 27 years for a crime he did not commit, soaring to new heights in the art world with his golf-inspired drawings.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (March 2023)
3. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (March 2023)
March 21, 2023
Dusty Baker: 73-year-old Dusty Baker has led an extraordinary baseball life. A two-time MLB All-Star during his playing days, Baker's pursuit of an elusive World Series title as a skipper brought him to Houston in 2020 as the Astros sought to stabilize the franchise after being decimated by a sign-stealing scandal. The move worked as Baker became the oldest manager to win a championship in history as the Astros rolled to victory last fall. Correspondent Bryant Gumbel goes one-on-one with one of the game's most admired figures. Producer: Chapman Downes.Chris Snow: Nearly four years after being given one year to live, Chris Snow is still the assistant general manager of the Calgary Flames, despite being diagnosed with the same form of familial ALS that killed his father, two uncles, and a cousin. Correspondent Jon Frankel reports. Producer: Stephen Lorenzo.Strongman Brothers: Tom and Luke Stoltman are the World's Strongest Brothers. Tom, the reigning World's Strongest Man, and Luke, Europe's Strongest Man, stand at 6'8 and 6'4 respectively, and weigh nearly 400 pounds each. What makes these Scotsmen remarkable, besides their extraordinary size and strength, is how the sport of weightlifting both fortified their bond and harnessed Tom's struggles with autism to make him the best in the world. Correspondent Mary Carillo reports. Producer: Nisreen Habbal.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (February 2023)
2. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (February 2023)
February 21, 2023
Segments: Swiss corruption scandals, the godfather of extreme wheelchair sports; North Shore lifeguards; Philly's Work to Ride program.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (January  2023)
1. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (January 2023)
January 24, 2023
Favre Welfare Scandal: REAL SPORTS examines the role Hall of Famer Brett Favre is alleged to have played in redirecting millions of dollars away from the poorest residents in the country's poorest state to his own projects. David Scott reports. Producer: Max Gershberg. Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Young Athletes: When Damar Hamlin collapsed on Monday Night Football, it was a shocking event that stunned audiences on national television. The sight of a healthy young athlete going into sudden cardiac arrest was hard for most people to comprehend. Yet, sudden cardiac arrest happens more than 100 times per year to high school athletes around the country. Since only 16 states mandate automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at high school sporting events, the result of these occurrences is often tragic. Soledad O'Brien reports. Producer: Nick Dolin. Shooting Survivors (Update): Five years ago, REAL SPORTS met Reichen Posey and Jordan Murphy, two survivors of separate mass shootings - Sandy Hook and Aurora, respectively - who bonded over football. Today, Posey is a 6'2" 240-pound defensive end that finished a standout junior season at Murphy's old high school, where Murphy also serves as an assistant coach. Soledad O'Brien reports. Producers: Katie Melone, Stephen Lorenzo.
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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on demand at Amazon Prime, Hulu and HBO NOW.
  • Premiere Date
    April 2, 1995
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (454)