HBO, Sports Illustrated and Endgame Entertainment will serve sports fans a new documentary chronicling how athletics unites Americans on Thanskgiving.
The parties, in association with Playground, will premiere Sport in America: Our Defining Stories on Nov. 28 at 6 p..m.-7:35 p.m. The doc will also be available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO.
Collecting remembrances from fans across the nation, the film covers a wide spectrum of the American sports landscape, including baseball, football, hockey, tennis, basketball, boxing, high school athletics, the Boston Marathon and the Olympic Games. Landmark moments revisited include the 1972 tragedy at the Munich Games, the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Hank Aaron breaking the major league baseball home run record, the emergence of women’s sports in America via Title IX legislation and the extraordinary night of the first NFL game played at the Superdome in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Sport In America: Our Defining Stories ranges from the achievement of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic to the extraordinary comeback by the Chicago Blackhawks in the decisive game of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.
The presentation includes interviews with Billy Bob Thornton, Mike Tyson, Steve Kerr, Frank Deford, David Maraniss, Ron Shelton, Curt Menefee, Michele Beadle, Summer Sanders, Jerry Reinsdorf and many others, featuring stories from fans’ perspectives.
“This is one of the most wide-ranging sports projects that HBO has launched, and we are delighted to collaborate with such prestigious partners, who share our passion for storytelling,” said Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports, in announcing the project.
Paul Fichtenbaum, editor, Time Inc. Sports Group, noted: “Sports Illustrated is proud to be part of this outstanding documentary. It embodies the emotional storytelling and deep appreciation for the events that helped shape generations of sports fans, which has been at the heart of our enterprise for nearly 60 years.”