SuperSport has a treat for fans of storytelling and sports mystique
The World of Champions has acquired the award-winning “30 for 30” series, which SuperSport 1 has rolled out since Monday. There will be multiple broadcasts of each documentary.
This precedes a major programming announcement to follow in the next 24 hours.
Produced by US sport broadcaster ESPN, “30 for 30” is a popular series of documentaries that delves into the lives and events that shaped so much recent sporting history. The series touches on a variety of people and subjects with fresh insights and perspectives lending the films a grand quality.
Among the dozen offerings are “Of Miracles and Men”, “Chasing Tyson”, “Slaying the Badger”, “Nature Boy” and “This is What They Want”.
“Of Miracles and Men” is the story of one of the greatest upsets in sports history: the night, 40 years ago, when a plucky band of American collegians stunned the vaunted Soviet national team 4-3 in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
For fans of boxing, “Chasing Tyson” recalls the time when Mike Tyson cast a commanding shadow over boxing in the 1980s and ’90s, including his prison stint and his famed rivalry with Evander Holyfield.
“Nature Boy”, meanwhile, examines the surreal world of professional wrestling, chiefly the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction life of Ric Flair. The film traces his epic career from the creation of his blond Adonis character, through the glory days of the NWA and The Four Horsemen, to his poignant last years in the ring.
Set against the backdrop of the 1986 Tour de France, “Slaying the Badger” tells the story of Greg LeMond and his mentor Bernard “The Badger” Hinault, who started as friends and teammates but ended up as bitter rivals.
Also among the wide selection is “This is What They want”, which tells the story of Jimmy Connors’ career through the lens of the 1991 US Open, when Connors so famously played at the age of 39 and went all the way to the semi-finals before being stopped by Jim Courier.
It’s not just an examination of that tournament: it’s a look at how Connors and his rivals re-invented tennis in the first decade of the Open era.
The titles will also be available on DStv’s Catch up service.