The next batch of ESPN ’30 For 30′ documentaries

The fall schedule for ESPN Films’ “30 For 30” series includes:


== Tuesday, Aug. 24, 5 p.m. – Jordan Rides the Bus (Ron Shelton): Michael Jordan walks away from the NBA in 1993, joins the White Sox’s minor-league Birmingham Barons, with manager Terry Francona, and tries to figure out life. Why did he do it? The man who made the movie “Bull Durham” takes a crack at it.

== Tuesday, Aug. 31, 5 p.m. – Little Big Men (Al Szymanski and Peter Franchella): On August 28, 1982, Cody Webster and friends from Kirkland, Wash., went to the Little League World Series. Whatever happened to them?

== Tuesday, Sept. 7, 5 p.m. – One Night in Vegas (Reggie Bythewood):
On September 7, 1996, WBC heavyweight champ Mike Tyson fought Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Afterward, Tyson was supposed to meet with his friend, rapper Tupac Shakur. But Shakur never arrived. He was gunned down.

== Tuesday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m. – Unmatched (Directors: Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters; Producer: Hannah Storm): Eighty times, Chris Evert faced Martina Navratilova. The first time when only a few hundred spectators saw the 18-year-old Evert face the 16-year-old Czech in 1973. Now they tell the story of their rivalry.

== Tuesday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m. – The House of Steinbrenner (Barbara Kopple): Two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Kopple documents the historic moment of transition for the Yankees as they moved into a new stadium and won the World Series.


== Tuesday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. – Into The Wind (Steve Nash): The NBA All-Star guard shares the 1980 story of Terry Fox and his fight againts bone cancer by running across Canada.

== Tuesday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m. – Four Days in October (Major League Baseball Productions): With the Yankees leading the Red Sox three games to none in the 2004 ALCS, and up 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth in Game 4 against Mariano Rivera, was there any hope that Boston could come back, then win the World Series?

== Tuesday, Oct. 12, 5 pm. – Once Brothers (NBA Entertainment): Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball in Yugoslavia, then in the NBA. Then the country split into Croatia and Serbia during a war. Then, on the fateful night of June 7, 1993, Drazen Petrovic was killed in an auto accident before they had a chance to reconcile.

== Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m. – Tim Richmond: To the Limit (Rory Karpf ): The rock-star NASCAR driver of the 1980s came to grips with AIDS. Although he returned to race in 1987, he was gone the next year and died on Aug. 13, 1989 at age 34.


== Tuesday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m. – Steve Bartman: Catching Hell (Alex Gibney) : Did he curse the Cubs during NLCS Game 6 when Moises Alou couldn’t catch the foul ball down the left-field line? He released an apology, but he remains ostracized from a community he lives in and a team he once loved. Oscar-winning documentarian Gibney relates the scapegoat compulsion to his own frustration as a Red Sox fan when Bill Buckner was similarly singled out for letting a fateful ground ball go through his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Gibney engages Buckner and his story as a means of exploring what has kept Bartman so silent despite highly lucrative offers to tell his side of the story.


== Tuesday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m. – Marion Jones: Press Pause (John Singleton) : The former Thousand Oaks High sprinter, who denied for years speculation of performance enhancing drugs, admitted to doing it in 2007, went to prison for six months and saw her Olympic achivements erase. She takes time to reflect on all that with the Oscar-nominated director.

== Tuesday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m. – Pony Excess (Thaddeus D. Matula): Southern Methodist University had the best record in college football from 1981-84, with the “Pony Express” backfield of Eric Dickerson and Craig James. Then the program came apart, and the NCAA, on February 25, 1987, handed it the “death penalty” for the first and only time in history. No football for two years. How long did it take the program to recover? Not until it won the 2009 Hawaii Bowl, maybe. SMU film school grad Matula documents it.

== Saturday, Dec. 11, 5 p.m. – The Best That Never Was (Jonathan Hock): The two-hour documentary will look at the football career of running back Marcus Dupree, and how he used football later to redeem himself.

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