ESPN will air six new sports-themed films as part of its 30 for 30 film series, the network announced Friday at its Television Critics Association summer tour presentation.
The new series episodes will air on consecutive Tuesdays beginning Oct. 2 with Broke, which profiles athletes that that have fallen on hard financial times, according to network officials. The Peabody Award-winning 30 for 30 series was launched in 2009 to mark the network's 30th anniversary.
Other specials set to debut include9.79*, focusing on the participants of the 100-meter men's final at the 1988 Seoul Games; There's No Place Like Home, which chronicles a fan's quest to return James Naismith's original rules of basketball to its birthplace of Lawrence, Kansas; Benji, which profiles the tragic death of 17-year old basketball phenom Ben Wilson; Ghost Of Ole Miss, which follows the University of Mississippi's college football team in the midst of the 1960's civil rights movement; and You Don't Know Bo, which looks at the two sport athlete Bo Jackson.
The network will also collaborate with Bill Simmons' Grantland.com expand the Emmy-nominated documentary series to include several 30 for 30 Shorts, featuring 10- to 20-minute stories. The first short, Arnold's Blueprint, chronicling Arnold Schwarzenegger's time as a teenager in the Austrian military camp, will debut Sept. 26, according to the network.
Other 30 for 30 Shorts include profiles on the Arnold Palmer lemonade/ice tea beverage and the century-old Honus Wagner baseball card, worth more than $2 million.