ESPN Moves Up Premiere of ’30 for 30′ Films to Fill Live Sports Void

ESPN Moves Up Premiere of ’30 for 30′ Films to Fill Live Sports Void


Due to the success of “The Last Dance” and the lack of professional sports, ESPN is airing several “30 for 30” films ahead of schedule. In the weeks following the conclusion of the Michael Jordan series, the “worldwide leader in sports” will air three more highly-anticipated documentaries.

’30 for 30′ Films Following ‘The Last Dance’

“The Last Dance” is a ten-part documentary on the career of Michael Jordan. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN films rushed production of the documentary. It wanted to air the mini-series to fill the void left by the suspension of professional sports.

According to ESPN, “The Last Dance” documentary has found great success. In order to build off that success, the network is premiering three “30 for 30” films ahead of schedule. Unlike “The Last Dance,” however, these projects weren’t rushed.

The following documentaries will premiere in May and June:

  • “LANCE”: A two-part documentary based on the life and career of world-renowned and disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong (May 24 & 31).
  • “Be Water”: A deep dive into the life of martial artist Bruce Lee (June 7).
  • “Long Gone Summer”: The story of the 1998 race to become the home run champion between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa (June 14).

‘LANCE’ – May 24 & 31 at 9 PM ET

The story behind seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is remarkably inspirational. His battle with testicular cancer, subsequent recovery, and continued dominance in the sport of cycling made him a global icon.

Unfortunately, the legendary cyclist went from famous to infamous after he was exposed in one of the largest doping scandals in professional sports history. The two-part documentary interviews family, teammates, and rivals as it unfolds the fascinating story of Lance Armstrong.

‘Be Water’ – June 7 at 9 PM ET

After being rejected by Hollywood in 1971, Bruce Lee returned to his parents’ homeland, Hong Kong. Over the next two years, Lee produced four iconic films that would forever define his legacy. Lee died unexpectedly in the summer of 1973 at just 32 years old.

According to an ESPN press release, “Be Water” is a “gripping, fascinating, intimate look at… those final, defining years of Lee’s life…” The film is “told entirely by the family, friends, and collaborators who knew Bruce Lee best…” The documentary “captures Lee’s charisma, his passion, his philosophy, and the eternal beauty and wonder of his art.”

‘Long Gone Summer’ – June 14 at 9 PM ET

Fellow sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa embarked on an incredible journey in the summer of 1998. Baseball fans across the country tuned in to every at-bat to see which power hitter would be the first to break Roger Maris’s record of 61 home runs in a single season.

“Long Gone Summer” features “in-depth interviews with both McGwire and Sosa” as they talk at length for the first time in over two decades. The documentary “takes viewers back to the 1998 season and “its tremendous highlights, massive impact, and undeniable complications.”