30 for 30

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Inspired by ESPN's anniversary, ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring films from some of today's finest storytellers. Own select films from this acclaimed series today.
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  1. 1. Kings Ransom
    October 7, 2009
    53min
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    On August 9, 1988, the NHL was forever changed with the single stroke of a pen. The Edmonton Oilers, fresh off their fourth Stanley Cup victory in five years, signed a deal and exported Wayne Gretzky, a Canadian national treasure and the greatest hockey player ever to play the game, to the Los Angeles Kings in a multi-player, multi-million dollar deal.
  2. 2. Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?
    October 21, 2009
    53min
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    In 1983 the upstart United States Football League (USFL) had the audacity to challenge the almighty NFL. The new league did the unthinkable by playing in the spring and plucked three straight Heisman Trophy winners away from the NFL.
  3. 3. Muhammad and Larry
    October 28, 2009
    54min
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    In October of 1980, Muhammad Ali was preparing to fight for an unprecedented fourth heavyweight title against his friend and former sparring partner Larry Holmes. To say that the great Ali was in the twilight of his career would be generous.
  4. 4. Without Bias
    November 10, 1995
    53min
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    More than two decades after his tragic cocaine overdose, the late Len Bias still leaves more questions than answers. When Bias dropped dead two days after the 1986 NBA Draft, he forever altered our perception of casual drug use and became the tipping point of America's drug crisis in the mid-80s.
  5. 5. The Band That Wouldn't Die
    November 4, 2009
    55min
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    In late March of 1984, a moving company secretly packed up the Baltimore Colts' belongings and its fleet of vans snuck off in the darkness of the early morning, leaving a city of deeply devoted fans in shock and disbelief. What caused owner Robert Irsay to turn his back on a town that was as closely linked to its team as any in the NFL?
  6. 6. Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks
    March 15, 2010
    1 h 10 min
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    Reggie Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals which solidified Miller as Public Enemy #1 in New York City. With moments to go in Game 1, and facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit of 105-99, Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to give his Indiana Pacers an astonishing victory.
  7. 7. Guru of Go (Loyola Marymount)
    April 4, 2010
    54min
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    By the mid-1980s, Paul Westhead had worn out his welcome in the NBA. The best offer he could find came from an obscure small college with little history of basketball. In the same city where he had won an NBA championship with Magic and Kareem, Westhead was determined to perfect his non-stop run-and-gun offensive system at Loyola Marymount.
  8. 8. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
    April 14, 2010
    1 h 22 min
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    On Valentine's Day 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton, Va., with five high school friends. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson's young life.
  9. 9. Silly Little Game
    April 21, 2010
    53min
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    Fantasy sports is estimated to be a $4 billion dollar industry that boasts over 30 million participants and a league for almost every sport imaginable. But for all this success, the story of the game's inception is little known.
  10. 10. Run Ricky Run
    April 28, 2010
    54min
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    Ricky Williams does not conform to America's definition of the modern athlete. In 2004, with rumors of another positive marijuana test looming, the Miami Dolphins running back traded adulation and a mansion in South Florida for anonymity and a $7 a night tent in Australia.
  11. 11. The 16th Man
    May 5, 2010
    53min
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    Rugby has long been viewed in South Africa as a game for the white population, and the country's success in the sport has been a true source of Afrikaner pride. When the 50 year old policies and entrenched injustices of apartheid were finally overthrown in 1994, Nelson Mandela's new government began rebuilding a nation badly in need of racial unity.
  12. 12. The Birth of Big Air
    July 30, 2010
    53min
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    In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur, and by 16 he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations, instead, focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of "what's next."
  13. 13. Jordan Rides the Bus
    September 1, 2010
    53min
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    In the fall of 1993, in his prime and at the summit of the sports world, Michael Jordan walked away from pro basketball. After leading the Dream Team to an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and taking the Bulls to their third consecutive NBA championship the following year, Jordan was jolted by the murder of his father.
  14. 14. Little Big Men
    August 26, 2010
    52min
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    On August 28, 1982, Cody Webster and a small group of schoolyard friends from Kirkland, Washington, sat anxiously in a dugout waiting to take the field for the championship game of the Little League World Series. Their focus was just about what you'd expect from any 12 year old: hit the ball, throw strikes, cross your fingers and then maybe you'll win.
  15. 15. Unmatched (Evert & Navratilova)
    September 15, 2010
    53min
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    The first time Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova stepped onto a tennis court together, the world scarcely noticed. Only a few hundred spectators saw the pert 18-year-old beat the scrappy 16-year-old Czech in 1973. "I remember that she was fat," Evert recalled. But I remember thinking, if she loses weight, we're all in trouble."
  16. 16. The House of Steinbrenner
    September 22, 2010
    53min
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    Love him or hate him, there is no denying that George Steinbrenner has been one of the most colorful and successful owners in contemporary sports. Heading up a group that bought the New York Yankees in 1973 for $10 million, "King George" emphatically branded the world's most celebrated sports franchise as his own.
  17. 17. Into the Wind
    September 29, 2010
    56min
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    In 1980, Terry Fox continued to fight bone cancer and deep despair in pursuit of a singular, motivating vision: to run across Canada. Three years after having his right leg amputated six inches above the knee, Fox set out to cover more than a marathon's distance each day until he reached the shores of Victoria, British Columbia.
  18. 18. Four Days in October
    October 6, 2010
    53min
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    When the night of October 16, 2004 came to a merciful end, the Curse of the Bambino was alive and well.
  19. 19. Once Brothers
    October 20, 2010
    1 h 21 min
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    Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights.
  20. 20. Tim Richmond: To The Limit
    October 13, 2010
    53min
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    Natural. Rock star. Outsider. In the 1980s, race car driver Tim Richmond lived his life the way he raced car. Born into a wealthy family, Richmond was the antithesis of the Southern blue-collar, dirt-track racers who dominated NASCAR.
  21. 21. Fernando Nation
    October 27, 2010
    53min
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    'The Natural' is supposed to be a blue-eyed boy who teethed on a 36-ounce Louisville Slugger. So how was it that a pudgy 20-year-old, Mexican, left-handed pitcher from a remote village in the Sonoran desert, unable to speak a word of English, could sell out stadiums across America and become a rock star overnight?
  22. 22. Marion Jones: Press Pause
    November 3, 2010
    53min
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    Few athletes in Olympic history have reached such heights and depths as Marion Jones. After starring at the University of North Carolina and winning gold at the 1997 and '99 World Track and Field Championships, her rise to the top culminated at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.
  23. 23. The Best That Never Was (Marcus Dupree)
    November 10, 2010
    1 h 41 min
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    In 1981, college athletic recruiting changed forever as a dozen big time football programs sat waiting for the decision of a physically powerful and lightning-quick high school running back named Marcus Dupree.
  24. 24. Pony Excess (SMU)
    December 12, 2010
    1 h 44 min
    13+
    From 1981-1984, a small private school in Dallas owned the best record in college football. The Mustangs of Southern Methodist University were riding high on the backs of the vaunted "Pony Express" backfield. But as the middle of the decade approached, the program was coming apart at the seams.
  25. 25. The U
    December 13, 2009
    1 h 43 min
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    Long before the hip hop culture filled our airwaves and shopping malls, the Miami Hurricanes brought street values and hood bravado into America's living room.
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Christopher PaullReviewed in the United States on December 9, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
No Jimmy the Greek, one night in Vegas, straight outta LA on season 1 stream purchase. Otherwise I love this series.
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While my rating has nothing to do with the context of the series, because I love the 30 for 30 series, it is more about what I purchased. I purchased the full season to stream through my amazon video account, and I paid for 3 entire seasons, because for some reason I couldn’t purchase the 3rd season is split into a 3rd and 4th season, and the “3rd season” can’t be bought all at once so I cherry picked through the ones I liked, yet there are a bunch of episodes from season 1 missing: the legend of jimmy the Greek, one night in Vegas, & straight outta LA. What’s up with this? I really wanted to watch The Legend of Jimmy the Greek, and was extremely upset that it was not included with my purchase of the FULL season 1 set. Can this please be rectified because I would like to own the series in its entirety. TLOJTG is also not even available for a separate stream purchase. This is extremely disheartening.
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Brandon SheltonReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
DO NOT BUY!!! Second time I tried ordering this was even worse than the first
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The discs that work, work great but there's a disc that gives me an error when I try and play it. I tested it with all the bluray players in the house and nothing worked. Was pretty disappointed because my favorite 30 for 30 was on the disc that doesnt work!!

Edit: So I returned the original bluray and ordered another but this one has been repackaged, even though it told me it was NEW it had a place where a sticker has been ripped off the front of the box leaving a huge ugly mark, I am extremely unhappy with this order. If I order something that is NEW i expect it to be NEW and not all beat up. This is pathetic that they would even send this thing to me.
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S. CollinsReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Blu-Ray Set Buyers Check Discs in Player Promptly Upon Receipt
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Like many other buyers of this set only discs 1, 3 and 5 were playable. Discs 2, 4 and 6 appear to be blanks. The even numbered discs will not load in any of my stand-alone players, or mount in a computer blu-ray drive. Since I did not attempt to view the content until well after purchase, I missed the return window.
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G&IReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Defective!!!
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Discs 2, 4, & 6 were blank (did not play anything). Discs 1, 3, & 5 did play ok. So, it is definitely not my blu-ray player that is defective. Did not realize this til after my return period expired. Oh well....
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JFRReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
beware of missing titles
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For some reason only 27 of the 30 titles are included in the streaming video set ("The Legend of Jimmy the Greek ", "Straight Out of L.A". and" One Night in Vegas" are missing). Amazon says that they do not control the content but could not explain why these title were deleted. Why would ESPN want to omit these if they were included in the DVD sets and are shown on ESPN regularly? Beware. Also there are some missing titles in the streaming videos for the subsequent seasons.
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MarcReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
The video never loaded and I am unable to cancel it.
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The video did not download or load (my TV screen remained black with no video starting). I tried to reorder and start 2-3x before giving up. Later in the evening I tried to cancel the video order but there was no button to allow this. Very negative experience with Prime video and I will likely not be ordering any pay-movies again.
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Anthony McGillReviewed in the United States on June 13, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
10 OUT OF 10 FOR 30 FOR 30
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I loved watching a lot of these documentaries when they first aired (and many times repeated) on ESPN. At first glance, some of these films may not appeal to all because they cover so many sports, but I found, even with the subjects I wasn't particularly interested in, the programs were so well made and had such human interest in them, that they became compulsive viewing. Being a baseball nut I was naturally drawn to the five baseball stories especially "Four Days in October" (a must for Red Sox fans) and "Little Big Men", a superb documentary on the Kirkland, Washington Little League team of 1982. But there are so many fine films with an amazing range of sports and sports people covered in this collection that you will never get bored with this essential set of twelve discs in a neat and attractive compact boxed set. A great file of sports history on film! Full points to ESPN for their outstanding efforts in this continuing series of documentary films.
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Robert G. SherwoodReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fab Five
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Outside of the Pistons Bad Boys documentary, this was my favorite, even without Chris Webber. That is what surprised me most is that Webber was the best player on the team, and a gregarious person but refused to participate so you wondered going in how they could do this without him. Well, Jalen Rose made that a reality.

Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson offered extraordinarily candid insight and bluntly honest answers about Michigan making a fortune off them, their plain blue shirt protest, the first game Coach Steve Fisher announced Ray Jackson would start with Rose, Howard, King and Webber, their fashion impact that is felt to this day, Webber's timeout, and, the alleged payments to Webber that tainted their Final Four and back to back championship game appearances.

What was impressive is what I mentioned earlier, the candid, honest answers they gave, in particular about Webber. They showed love, immense respect, and didn't bash him, but they answered incredibly well without making him look bad, but not hiding what they knew.
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