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30 for 30 Podcasts Feed Launches Today; First Episode to Premiere June 27

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  • New Podcast Series Accessible in the ESPN App, Apple Podcasts, and Wherever Podcasts are Available.
  • Episode Topics Include the Origin of the “Yankees Suck” T-Shirt and Reebok’s 1992 “Dan & Dave” campaign.

The first episode in ESPN Films’ and ESPN Audio’s much-anticipated new podcast series 30 for 30 Podcasts will debut on Tuesday, June 27. The podcast feed launched today and fans can subscribe wherever podcasts are available as well as listen to an audio trailer for the series.

30 for 30 Podcasts will tell original, high-quality sports stories in the likeness of the acclaimed 30 for 30 documentaries, but made exclusively for audio. Each episode will explore and report on a new sports story that will be a combination of original interviews and archival sound. The first season will include a total of five installments, with one debuting every Tuesday from June 27 through July 25.

Rollout schedule:

Tues., June 27 – 30 for 30 Podcasts “The Trials of Dan and Dave”

Tues., July 4 – 30 for 30 Podcasts “Yankees Suck”

Tues., July 11 – 30 for 30 Podcasts “On the Ice”

Tues., July 18 – 30 for 30 Podcasts “A Queen of Sorts”

Tues., July 25 – 30 for 30 Podcasts “The Fighter Inside”

Episode Summaries:

The Trials of Dan and Dave

Whether or not you cared about the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, everywhere you turned Reebok was asking you to care about two obscure U.S. track and field decathletes: Dan and Dave. Reebok spent $25 million dollars on Dan vs. Dave as their major Olympic advertising bet. Turns out, Dan O’Brien didn’t qualify for the games, and many remember the campaign as a bust. “The Trials of Dan and Dave” revisit the hype and learn how O’Brien eventually found redemption.

Yankees Suck

This is the story of how a chant and a shirt came to dominate one of baseball’s biggest rivalries, thanks to a group of hardcore punks from Boston.  In the early 2000s, a group of kids infiltrated Fenway Park with one of the most popular bootleg t-shirts in sports history — a shirt that became the emblem of the moment the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry was turned on its head.

On the Ice 

“On the Ice” explores how 20 ordinary women with no expedition experience whatsoever, did something many thought was impossible. It started with a classified ad in a newspaper, an open call for women to trek to the North Pole, and ended with a profoundly life-changing experience. On the ice, they came face to face with just how deadly the Arctic can be, along with the supreme beauty of the top of our planet.

A Queen of Sorts

In 2012, poker star Phil Ivey pulled off an elaborate baccarat scheme that won him over $20 million from casinos worldwide. The huge wins got international attention when one casino refused to cash out his chips, and another sued to get its money back. Ivey had cheated, the casinos said, by figuring out a way to know what the value of the cards were in advance. But while Ivey has always been the face of the case, he couldn’t have done it at all without the help of a secretive mastermind named “Kelly” Cheung Yin Sun, who crafted this whole scheme to get revenge.

The Fighter Inside

How does a professional boxer, convicted of armed robbery in 1975, end up boxing on live national television in matches called by Marv Albert — from inside a state penitentiary? This is the unlikely and mostly forgotten story of an inmate who had a dream, and the visionary prison warden who turned it into reality.

“ESPN Films continues to strive to tell sports stories in their best form – whether that be as a traditional documentary, a short film, an eight hour film, or as a podcast,” said Libby Geist, Vice President and Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content. “We’re thrilled to finally launch 30 for 30 Podcasts, and hopefully bring something new to this space.”

The group previously announced that the signature 30 for 30 theme music is being re-worked for 30 for 30 Podcasts by Hrishikesh Hirway, musician, composer and host of the Song Exploder podcast. The 30 for 30 Podcasts series is presented by MINI in partnership with Blue Moon, Delta Air Lines, Blue Apron and ZipRecruiter. More information on the series can be found at 30for30podcasts.com.

 

About ESPN Audio

ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Deportes Radio,ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Podcasts comprise ESPN Audio. ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 20 million listeners a week on 500 nationwide stations, including more than 375 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets.  ESPN owns and/or operates stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  ESPN Radio programming is also available on SiriusXM and via digital distributors Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn. ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005 and tallied nearly 293 million downloads in 2016.  ESPN Audio podcasts cover the spectrum of sports content and most popular titles include Fantasy Focus Football, The Lowe Post and FiveThirtyEight Politics, as well as podcast versions of Mike & Mike, The Dan LeBatard Show, First Take, Pardon the Interruption, Baseball Tonight, and Around The Horn.  Listeners spend more than 2 hours and forty minutes per week listening to ESPN Podcasts.

About ESPN Films

ESPN Films has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking since its inception in March 2008, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports. The high quality of storytelling, highlighted by the Peabody and Emmy-Award winning 30 for 30 series and the Academy-Award winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America” has led to record viewership as well as multiple honors and film festival appearances. Additional projects from ESPN Films over the years have included 30 for 30 ShortsNine for IX and the SEC Storied series.

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