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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

2020-2021

Ball Market

Soledad O’Brien explores a new business that treats baseball players as investable commodities.


Vaccine Games

David Scott examines the IOC’s relentless push towards the Tokyo Olympics no matter the cost to public health.    

 


Flying High

Mary Carillo profiles one of the world's best female street skaters.

 


Bike Wars

Bryant Gumbel updates his report on the global “Bike Boom” that took the world by storm during the pandemic.

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Out of Bounds

Andrea Kremer sheds light on the challenges faced by female sports reporters in a male-dominated industry.


Rule 50

Bryant Gumbel leads a panel discussion on the International Olympic Committee’s rule forbidding political protest at its events.


Young Bucks

Jon Frankel reports on mini bull riders, little kids as young as 8 years old duking it out against raging bulls up to 15 times their weight.


Boy Wonder

David Scott checks in with 10-year-old Tommy Morrissey -- a golf prodigy turned star baseball pitcher with only one arm -- on his journey to self-acceptance.

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Benched

Kavitha Davidson reports on the rise of COVID-related anxiety, depression and suicide among youth athletes. 


Marathon Man

Andrea Kremer talks with Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, who's using his event planning skills to organize major vaccine sites in Massachusetts.     

 


The Impossible Race 

Mary Carillo profiles The Barkley Marathons, where runners have 60 hours to complete a course that is 100 miles long. It's the most sadistic race on the planet, which is why only a handful have ever completed it.

 


Off Course

Jon Frankel updates his 2012 story on backcountry skiing, a sport that's seen record growth amid the pandemic and contributed to making this ski season one of the deadliest in terms of avalanches.

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Winds of Change

Host Bryant Gumbel sits down with Senator Cory Booker, former NCAA investigator Tim Nevius and others to discuss reforming college athletics.


Bouncing Back

Mary Carillo visits with former NBA star Jayson Williams, who after overcoming his own tortured past has dedicated his life to helping others.   


Oksana

Soledad O’Brien talks to Oksana Masters about her miraculous journey from being an orphan to becoming a Paralympian.


The Body Builder


Real Sports checks-in with Hugh Herr, a biophysician who designs computer powered prosthetics for both himself and the general public. 

 

 

Jayson Williams talking with Mary Carillo by the pool

Waiting Game

Over the last four NFL offseasons, only three Black coaching candidates have filled 27 head-coaching vacancies. Bryant Gumbel explores the hiring practices of teams across the league.


The Iceman Cometh

After his wife passed, Wim Hof found an unconventional outlet for his grief: He pioneered a cold-water immersion technique that he says has enabled him to take on extreme sports in freezing temeperatures. Correspondent Jon Frankel meets with Hof to witness his abilities firsthand.


Playing On

Despite the shutdown of almost all group gatherings amid the pandemic, many youth travel team sports continue to play on. Correspondent David Scott examines whether practices, games, and travel-related activities associated with youth sports have contributed to the spread of the virus.


All the Right Moves

Correspondent Soledad O’Brien revisits with chess revolutionary Rex Sinquefield, who grew from an orphan boy into a billionaire and built a chess empire in his hometown of St. Louis.






Wim Hof meditating in the snow

The Oregon Project

Running prodigy Mary Cain and others come forward to detail Nike’s controversial Oregon Project.


Black & Blue

Real Sports sits down with Charles Adams, head coach of the powerhouse Minneapolis North High School football team and 20-year veteran of the police department, who was called to duty during the social unrest following the death of George Floyd.


The Long Haul

Real Sports checks in with athletes ailing from COVID’s harsh symptoms months after contracting the virus as they wonder if they’ll ever be able to compete again.

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Bryant Gumbel hosts a roundtable discussion with the Real Sports correspondents to reflect on the most memorable sports stories of 2020.

 

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Psychedelics

David Scott explores the history and medicinal benefits behind using psychedelic drugs to treat PTSD, depression, and anxiety in athletes.


Into the Deep

Bryant Gumbel goes on a deep sea adventure with Texas millionaire Victor Vesco, the only person to reach the deepest point of the Atlantic Ocean.


Superfans

Mary Carillo sits down with some of sports’ most colorful fanatics to find out what makes them tick and how they are faring during the pandemic.


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Gameboys

Soledad O’Brien examines the booming business of online gaming and the teenage boys who are profiting.


Hidden Figures

Bryant Gumbel investigates how MLB has failed to fully integrate the Negro Leagues into its history.


Fairway to Freedom

David Scott talks to Valentino Dixon, a former prisoner who credits golf for earning him his freedom for a crime he didn’t commit.


No Surrender

Real Sports speaks to former NFL player Steve Gleason on how he's coping with COVID.

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The Fight Before The Fight

David Scott explores the dangerous -- and sometimes deadly -- practice of weight-cutting in mixed martial arts.


Magic Man

Bryant Gumbel checks in with Jon Dorenbos, an NFL player who was forced to retire early due to a rare heart condition.



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Second Act

Bryant Gumbel profiles Nnamdi Asomugha, a former NFL All-Pro who has found a second career as an actor with the help of his wife, actress Kerry Washington.‌


The Comeback

‌Soledad O’Brien speaks with Bruce Maxwell -- the first MLB player to protest racial injustice -- about the Black Lives Matter movement.


The Rookie

Mary Carillo talks with Olympic speedskating medalist-turned-baseball prospect Eddy Alvarez.‌


Ball Hawk‌
Bernard Goldberg checks in with ballhawk Zack Hample about how he’s still snagging baseballs despite not being allowed inside MLB stadiums during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Dangerous Games

Universities across the country are largely shut down with the exception of one group: college athletes. David Scott examines the health and safety measures being instituted by the NCAA and universities as they look to resume college football in the fall.

‌Skid Row

Jon Frankel profiles Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell who founded LA’s Skid Row Running Club to help individuals with drug and alcohol abuse – which has proven to be a lifeline for many, especially during the pandemic.‌


‌Game Over?

Host Bryant Gumbel is joined by football reporter Peter King (NBC Sports), basketball reporter David Aldridge (The Athletic), and baseball reporter Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated, MLB Network) for a candid discussion about the state of the respective sports they cover.

‌Letter Perfect

Real Sports reflects on a story first aired in June 2016 featuring kids labeled “mental athletes” and how they've turned brain games like Spelling Bees, Scrabble, and memory challenges into competitive sports complete with raucous crowds and television coverage.

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