Each year, India produces more than one million hand-stitched soccer balls, most of which are exported for sale to nations around the world, including the United States. In some of the poorest areas of the country, children as young as six play a part in that industry, spending their days tediously sewing soccer balls together with little hope of a better life. The fortunate ones are paid cents a day for their work; the rest see nothing at all, because they've been sold into debt bondage and are forced to work as indentured servants. Continuing an investigative tradition that has brought the show the Sports Emmy« for Outstanding Sports Journalism 11 of the last 13 years, Real Sports correspondent Bernard Goldberg presents an in-depth exposÚ of this alarming use of child labor and explores what's being done to stop it.
Following a 15-year All-Pro career in the NFL, New York Giants star Michael Strahan probably thought he'd never hear his name and the word "rookie" in the same sentence again. But after the Giants won the Super Bowl in February, Strahan retired and jumped headfirst into a new career in the world of television broadcasting. With the NFL season getting underway, Real Sports/Sports Illustrated correspondent Frank Deford goes behind the scenes with Strahan on the set of FOX's NFL pre-game show and to see if the "new guy" has really put his NFL career - and his old attitude towards the media - behind him.
As NASCAR prepares for the upcoming "Chase for the Cup," one driver has put himself in position to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship three consecutive years, a feat accomplished only once before in the sport's history. Currently sitting in third place in the Chase standings and coming off a dominating victory at the Chevy Rock and Roll 400, two-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson and his team intend to rewrite the history books. Real Sports correspondent Jon Frankel reports.