Bolstering its summer film slate, MSG Network has reached a licensing agreement with ESPN Films for a number of its documentary titles.
The deal encompasses films under the award-winning “30 for 30” franchise, and is part of a larger multi-year licensing deal with ESPN that will grant the regional sports network access to series and documentaries from the global sports network. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The first to toe the line on Sunday, June 22 at 10 p.m. is No Mas, the inside look at two boxing matches between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, including their Nov. 25, 1980 rematch in which the Panamanian infamously uttered the movie’s name.
After a two-week hiatus, MSG will begin airing the other "30 for 30" films on July 13 through the end of August.
Below are the descriptors for the upcoming schedule of "30 for 30" documentaries, bowing on MSG Network
June 22, 10:00 p.m. – 30 for 30: No Mas
An inside look at the two boxing matches between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran from June 20, 1980 and the November 25, 1980 rematch, with insight from boxing experts, family members and the two fighters themselves.
July 13, 10:00 p.m. – 30 for 30: The House of Steinbrenner
The legacy of George Steinbrenner's ownership of the New York Yankees.
July 20, 10:00 p.m. – 30 for 30: Small Potatoes – Who Killed The USFL
Fresh interviews and archival footage track the life and demise of the United States Football League in the mid-1980s.
July 27, 10:00 p.m. – 30 for 30: Silly Little Game
Meeting at New York City's La Rotisserie Francaise restaurant in 1980, a group of writers and academics develop Rotisserie Fantasy baseball, only to see it take off in popularity and leave them behind.
August 3, 10:00 p.m. – 30 for 30: Free Spirits
The story of the colorful figures who made up the American Basketball Association's Spirits of St. Louis.
August 10, 10:00 p.m. – 30 for 30: Big Shot
The story of how John Spano attempted to purchase the New York Islanders.
August 17, 10:00 p.m. – 30 for 30: Bernie and Ernie
The friendship of New York basketball legends, Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld as well as their time together playing college basketball at Tennessee, a partnership known as the “Ernie and Bernie Show.”
August 24, 10:00 p.m. – 30 for 30: This Is What They Want
The story of a 39-year-old Jimmy Connors and his extraordinary underdog run at the 1991 U.S. Open.