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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)

Mon 3/30 4:00 PM  ESPNU
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
No Rating
Sports Non-Event, Documentary, Sports

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

3/29/15
12:00 PM
"Fernando Nation"  Director Cruz Angeles documents the euphoria surrounding Fernando Valenzuela's arrival in the major leagues and probes a phenomenon that transcended baseball for many Mexican-Americans. Fernando Valenzuela shares his perspective on this unique time.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
3/29/15
01:00 PM
"You Don't Know Bo"  This documentary film takes a close look at the creation of a legend -- two-sport athlete Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson, the only person ever selected to play in the NFL Pro Bowl and the MLB All-Star Game.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
3/29/15
02:30 PM
"Free Spirits"  The colorful story of the Spirits of St. Louis - an entertaining and at times controversial team featuring stars like Marvin "Bad News" Barnes and James "Fly" Williams with an upstart sportscaster named Bob Costas calling the play-by-play.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
3/29/15
03:30 PM
"Jordan Rides the Bus"  In 1993, Michael Jordan walks away from pro basketball and tries his hand at baseball.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
3/29/15
05:30 PM
"Silly Little Game"  The early development and ultimate explosion of Rotisserie Baseball, the forerunner of today's multi-billion dollar fantasy sports industry.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
3/29/15
08:00 PM
"Fernando Nation"  Director Cruz Angeles documents the euphoria surrounding Fernando Valenzuela's arrival in the major leagues and probes a phenomenon that transcended baseball for many Mexican-Americans. Fernando Valenzuela shares his perspective on this unique time.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
3/29/15
09:30 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
3/30/15
12:00 AM
"Fernando Nation"  Director Cruz Angeles documents the euphoria surrounding Fernando Valenzuela's arrival in the major leagues and probes a phenomenon that transcended baseball for many Mexican-Americans. Fernando Valenzuela shares his perspective on this unique time.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
3/30/15
05:00 AM
"The House of Steinbrenner"  Filmmaker Barbara Kopple examines the legacy of baseball owner George M. Steinbrenner, including the building of a new Yankee Stadium and the transition of ownership to his heirs, led by his younger son, Hal.  (Repeat) ESPNCL
3/30/15
04:00 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) ESPNU
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.