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30 for 30

"Benji"

In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was America's most talented basketball prospect until the sweet-natured boy was senselessly murdered.  (Repeat)

Sat 4/26 5:30 PM  ESPNCL
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
No Rating
Sports Non-Event, Documentary, Sports

Crew:
Coodie Simmons (Director), Chike Ozah (Director)

4/24/14
02:30 PM
"The U"  Filmmaker Billy Corben documents the rise to prominence of the college football program at the University of Miami.  (Repeat) ESPNU
4/25/14
09:00 PM
"Requiem for the Big East"  ESPNCL
4/26/14
01:00 AM
"Requiem for the Big East"  (Repeat) ESPNCL
4/26/14
12:00 PM
"This Is What They Want"  When Jimmy Connors arrived in New York for the '91 U.S. Open, the one-time tennis superstar was eight years removed from his last Grand Slam singles title, ranked 174th in the world and approaching his 39th birthday. Not exactly a recipe for success.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
4/26/14
12:00 PM
"The Bad Boys"  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.  (Repeat) ESPN2
4/26/14
01:00 PM
"Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau"  The Legend of Eddie Aikau chronicles the remarkable life and power of Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule'a.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
4/26/14
02:00 PM
"Broke"  Director Billy Corben digs into the psychology of athletes whose competitive nature carried them to victory on the field yet seemed to ruin them off the field.  (Repeat) ESPN2
4/26/14
03:30 PM
"Maradona '86 & The Opposition"  (Repeat) ESPN2
4/26/14
04:30 PM
"The Price of Gold"  (Repeat) ESPN2
4/26/14
05:30 PM
"Benji"  In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was America's most talented basketball prospect until the sweet-natured boy was senselessly murdered.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
30 for 30

Premise
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.

Crew:
Coodie Simmons (Director) , Chike Ozah (Director)

Program data from Tribune Media Services, Inc.