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E:60 Kicks Off Five-Week Run with Hour-Long Special on Bobby Hurley 

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ESPN’s award-winning prime-time news magazine launches into its spring season with eight Sports Emmy nominations spread across various categories including News Anthology, Journalism, Long Feature, Camerawork and Writing. E:60 will continue to deliver world-class content and present the best stories in sports through its unique blend of profiles, investigative reports, and human interest features, beginning Tuesday, April 12 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN, with an hour-long show on former NCAA Final Four hero and Arizona State head basketball coach Bobby Hurley.

The E:60 Pictures film entitled, “Hurley” encompasses the various dimensions of the basketball phenom who led Duke to its first ever NCAA title a quarter-century ago.

Bobby Hurley was born and raised in Jersey City, at a time when the city was devastated by crime, drugs and AIDS. But for Bobby, whose father Bob was a probation officer, nowhere was off limits. All of Jersey City was his playground—and he developed his skills, and his defining trait—toughness—playing all over town, taking on the toughest competition Jersey City could offer. At St. Anthony High School, he would lead the Friars to the national championship—playing for the most demanding of taskmasters, a Hall of Fame coach, his father, Bob Hurley.

Once considered by many as the greatest point guard in the annals of college basketball Hurley was on the verge of achieving his dream of being an NBA star. But just as his NBA career was beginning, it all came crashing down. Over the next two decades Hurley had to fight back from physical, emotional and financial ruin. And in the process he realized that Bobby Hurley is about much more than just basketball.

E:60’s Jeremy Schaap speaks with all the major figures from Hurley’s life – Coach Mike Krzyzewski, former teammates Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Jalen Rose, Jay Bilas, Kenny Anderson, Mitch Richmond, PJ Carlesimo, Terry Dehere and of course Bobby’s family – to tell the complete story of one of the greatest basketball figures of modern times.

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Additional E:60 Spring 2016 features include:

  • Carlos Correa: Reporter Buster Olney went with the American League Rookie of the Year to Puerto Rico, where Correa was born, raised and fell in love with the game of baseball.
  • Mike Evans: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver speaks for the first time about his improbable journey to the NFL and the brutal murder of his father at the hands of his uncle.
  • Penny Hardaway: He was compared to Magic Johnson, a versatile young superstar who took the NBA by storm.  At the height of his career, Penny Hardaway was first team all-NBA and a pop-culture icon. But injuries plagued him, and by 2008 he was out of the league and out of the public spotlight.  In recent years, Hardaway helped childhood friend Desmond Merriweather coach his middle school basketball team following a cancer diagnosis. Side by side, the two lead their team to 3 straight middle school championships. In February 2015, Merriweather lost his battle with cancer.  This season, committed to carrying on his friend’s legacy, Hardaway accepted the coaching job at Memphis East High School – Merriweather’s alma mater – with one goal in mind: to lead the boys to a state championship in honor of their coach.
  • Claressa Shields: The Olympic gold-medalist will head to Rio this summer with the hopes of becoming the first American boxer, male or female, to win back-to-back gold medals. Shields reveals to E:60 reporter Jeremy Schaap her tumultuous childhood, bouncing from home to home, surviving sexual assault, and now living among the 40,000 people below the poverty line in a city dominating headlines for a toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
  • David Price: After a disappointing 2015 season, the Boston Red Sox faithful are now hanging their hats on a lefty ace considered to be among the best in the game. David Price opens up to E:60 about signing the most lucrative contract for a pitcher in baseball history, his post-season struggles and contentious relationship with teammate David Ortiz.

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Contact: Carrie Kreiswirth, ESPN Communications, [email protected] or 646.547.4686