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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel


Bryant Gumbel hosts a roundtable discussion with the Real Sports correspondents to reflect on the most memorable sports stories of 2019.

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Youth Overuse Injuries

Jon Frankel investigates how the professionalization of youth sports has contributed to the rise of overuse injuries in kids as young as eight-years-old.    

Huwe Burton

Bryant Gumbel speaks to Huwe Burton, a man who ran this month's NYC marathon after his murder conviction was overturned in January 2019.


Ryan Saunders

Head Coach Ryan Saunders tells Andrea Kremer how he plans to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to the NBA Western Conference Finals.


Amy Van Dyken Update

Amy Van Dyken speaks to David Scott about how Adaptive CrossFit helped her regain her confidence and the strength to complete daily tasks that she once thought were impossible from a wheelchair.




Giant of Africa

David Scott travels with Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri as he returns home to Nigeria with the NBA championship trophy and to Cameroon to visit one of Ujiri’s basketball camps.

Vick-tory Dogs

Jon Frankel profiles The Best Friends Animal Society, a pet rescue and advocacy organization that gave Michael Vick’s dogs a chance to recover from their abuse and redefined what made dogs adoptable.

Voice of Auburn

Mary Carillo speaks with Andy Burcham about welcoming the late Rod Bramblett’s children into his family.



The Oakland Raiders defensive lineman sits down with Bernie Goldberg to discuss his turbulent past and uncertain future.

For God and Country

New Zealand’s first All Blacks Muslim player shows David Scott how rugby is helping a diverse and divided country heal after a white supremacist killed 100 Muslim worshippers in March.

On the Basis of Sex

Jon Frankel dissects why baseball is the one sport, other than football, that we essentially dissuade girls and women from playing.

Heat Stroke in High School Football

Soledad O’Brien explores how heat stroke, a 100 percent curable condition, has claimed more lives at the high school level than the college level.  

Justin Tucker

NFL kicker Justin Tucker talks to Bernard Goldberg about how his opera training prepares him for his big kicks on the field.

Ryan Lochte

Jon Frankel speaks to disgraced Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte, who claims he has matured since his long series of missteps.

Ken Green Update

Ken Green sits down with Bryant Gumbel to discuss how his life has vastly improved since his most recent surgery on his amputated leg and revealing he’s a victim of childhood abuse.



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Video Game Addiction

David Scott examines the rise of video game addiction and what responsibility falls on the game industry for this growing public health crisis.

John Sterling

Bryant Gumbel sits down with John Sterling, who at 81 year old, hadn’t taken a day off from work in over 30 years.

Ice Cube’s BIG3

Andrea Kremer speaks to Ice Cube about his forays into the sports world, from attempting to acquire a few regional sports teams to creating a new three-on-three basketball league called BIG3.

Bruce Arians Update

Andrea Kremer talks to formerly retired Bruce Arians about coaching the Tampa Bay Bucs with a groundbreaking coaching staff.

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Barstool Sports

Soledad O'Brien explores the fast-growing and controversial sports media brand Barstool Sports, which has encountered criticism on its way to becoming a way of life for young (mostly male) sports fans.

Don Nelson

Bryant Gumbel sits down with basketball Hall-of-Famer Don Nelson and finds that the three-time NBA Coach of the Year has traded the basketball court for a marijuana farm.

Colin Cook

Mary Carillo tells the remarkable story of Colin Cook: a surfer who survived a shark attack and returned to the sport with a one-of-a-kind prosthetic.

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Raced to Death
Bernard Goldberg examines why thousands of horses die while racing in the United States every year.

The Norwegian Way
Jon Frankel examines why Norway is producing incredible sporting results, and how it starts with their youth competition.

Love & Basketball

Andrea Kremer talks to WNBA superstar Elena Delle Donne about her relationship with her developmentally disabled sister, Lizzie, and why she turns down lucrative overseas contracts in the offseason to stay at home.

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Motown Blues

David Scott examines whether government officials in Michigan gave a sweetheart arena deal to the wealthy Ilitch family despite a multi-billion dollar bankruptcy.

Risky Business

Jon Frankel sits down with some of the most daring cameramen in extreme sports, who, using the same exceptional athleticism and bravery as the athletes they cover, take terrifying risks to capture the world’s deadliest sports.

Slurping For Glory

Bryant Gumbel travels to London to profile a competition between prestigious universities, and centuries-long rivals, Cambridge and Oxford: blind wine- tasting.

America’s Gun

David Scott revisits his story on the AR-15, a weapon designed for war but now marketed as a sporting rifle.

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Fast and Furious

Jon Frankel travels to Austria for the Super Bowl of skiing: the Hahnenkamm downhill.

Born to Sell

David Scott profiles Michael Rubin, a billionaire sports mogul teaming up with hip hop artist Meek Mill to reform the criminal justice system.

Miami Magic

Andrea Kremer sits down with the University of Miami’s new head football coach, Manny Diaz Jr, the grandson of Cuban exiles whose family story is nothing short of remarkable.


Bryant Gumbel revisits golf’s most popular personality, David Feherty, who’s taken to standup comedy despite heartbreaking personal tragedy.

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Race Across Antarctica

Bryant Gumbel speaks with the first explorers to race more than 900 miles across Antarctica — completely unaided.

A Secret Battle

Soledad O’Brien takes a look at the surprisingly high number of male athletes who suffer with eating disorders.

American Dream

Mary Carillo revisits Lopez Lomong, a ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’ who found amazing success as a track star in the United States.

The Coldest Catch

Soledad O’Brien explores Minnesota’s annual “Super Bowl” of ice fishing.

Game Change

Bernard Goldberg’s special report reveals striking shifts in football’s demographics across the United States.

Inside Man

Jon Frankel profiles ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, whose reputation as an insatiable reporter has made him the dominant force in the hyper-competitive 24/7 NFL news cycle.

The Body Builder

Soledad O’Brien talks to Hugh Herr about how a severe climbing injury inspired his quest to make the most advanced prosthetics in the world.

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