or


[08/21/17 - 12:40 PM]
ESPN Films' 30 for 30 Series Continues with "Year of the Scab" on September 12
On Tuesday, September 12, ESPN Films' award-winning "30 for 30" documentary series will continue with a feature-length film on the group of men who replaced the Washington Redskins team during the 1987 NFL players strike.

[via press release from ESPN]

ESPN Films' 30 for 30 Series Continues with "Year of the Scab" on September 12

· Documentary Chronicles the Story of the 1987 Washington Redskins Replacement Players

· 30 for 30 Short "Strike Team" Directly to Follow

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, ESPN Films' award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series will continue with a feature-length film on the group of men who replaced the Washington Redskins team during the 1987 NFL players strike. "Year of the Scab," directed by John Dorsey, will premiere at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN followed by a 30 for 30 Short, "Strike Team," at 9:30 p.m. ET. The 25-minute short film directed by Willie Ebersol tells the incredible story of a sting operation set up by a division of the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington, D.C., to lure fugitives in by telling them they won free Redskins tickets.

"Year of the Scab," which has screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York as well as closing night at AFI Docs in D.C., looks at the men who served as replacements for the Redskins in 1987 when NFL players went on strike to gain bargaining power in their struggle with the team owners. Crossing the picket line to play in the NFL changed their lives, but not in the way they'd expected or hoped. For most of them, what was billed as the last shot at a dream became the final blow to their careers. This group, who were called "scabs," braved ridicule and threats of violence for one last chance at glory.

Now 30 years later, director John Dorsey introduces viewers to some of these players and their stories, as well as the men whose jobs they took and other participants in one of sports' strangest chapters. The replacement squad won all three games before the strike ended, and the Redskins went on to win the Super Bowl that season. Yet most of the "scabs" were watching from home as the team they had helped get to the playoffs won the biggest game of the year. "Year of the Scab" is produced by Ten100 in association with Leftfield Pictures. Trailer: http://es.pn/2wrfRQT

"In 1987, a bunch of nobodies were offered a second shot a dream they thought had died," said director John Dorsey. "What they didn't know was that their golden ticket would become a scarlet letter. For 30 years, an experience that should have been a badge of honor has been the scab that never healed, and I hope that through this film their story will be given the recognition it deserves."

Directly following will be the premiere of 30 for 30 Short "Strike Team," which chronicles the unbelievable true story of how U.S. Marshals pulled off the biggest sting operation in their history. On December 15, 1985, the Washington Redskins hosted the Cincinnati Bengals at RFK Stadium. But they weren't the only D.C. team with a lot at stake that day. A division of the U.S. Marshals Service known as FIST - Fugitive Investigative Strike Team - set up an elaborate sting operation to lure area criminals to the Washington Convention Center to pick up two free tickets on the morning of that Redskins game. "Strike Team" is executive produced by Charlie Ebersol.

Director Willie Ebersol retells the story of the operation, from the planning stages when it was met with skepticism, through the comical dress rehearsal, and on to its suspenseful execution. All in all, more than 100 fugitives were arrested that day without a shot being fired.

"It's so rare for a documentary to actually place an audience inside an event from over 30 years ago," said Willie Ebersol, director. "But after discovering a treasure trove of never-before-seen footage, we were able to give viewers a front row seat to this fun and wild operation, from conception to execution, making sure to not miss a single epic 80's mustache along the way."

He added, "'Strike Team' gives a truly behind-the-scenes look into the most elaborate, can't-believe-it-actually-happened sting in U.S. law enforcement history -- all without ever breaking tension or era by cutting away to interviews."

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 critical acclaim. Additional projects from ESPN Films over the years have included 30 for 30 Shorts, Nine for IX and the SEC Storied series.





  [august 2017]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· 30 FOR 30 (ESPN)





[02/21/18 - 03:32 PM]
Attention Cloud 9 Shoppers: "Superstore" Renewed for a Fourth Season
"'Superstore' is one of our signature NBC comedies, and we're so pleased to be bringing it back for the 2018-19 season," Jennifer Salke said.

[02/21/18 - 01:58 PM]
"America's Got Talent" Is Back for a 13th Season
Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B are all returning as judges while Tyra Banks is also due back as the show's host.

[02/21/18 - 12:12 PM]
Hallmark Hall of Fame Original Film "The Beach House" World Premiere April 28 on Hallmark Channel
Andie MacDowell, Minka Kelly, Chad Michael Murray and Makenzie Vega stars in this timeless tale about life, love and relationships.

[02/21/18 - 11:19 AM]
Video: Jim Brockmire Takes New Orleans by Storm in "Brockmire" Season 2 Trailer
Season 2 premieres on IFC Wednesday, April 25 at 10:00/9:00c, with eight episodes airing weekly.

[02/21/18 - 09:42 AM]
Video: Trailer Debut - "Flint Town" on Netflix March 2
In the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, "Flint Town" takes an intimate look at the state of policing in America through the lens of the Flint Police Department.

[02/21/18 - 09:06 AM]
As People Around the United States Fight This Year's Influenza Virus, Discovery Shines a Light on Three Deadly Viruses and Their Potential for Catastrophic Outbreaks in "Invisible Killers"
Look for the three specials back-to-back on Thursday, March 29.

[02/21/18 - 09:04 AM]
Bravo Media's Southern Socialites Are Back When "Southern Charm" Returns for Season 5 Thursday, April 5 at 9PM ET/PT
Join the Southern socialites Craig Conover, Kathryn Dennis, Cameran Eubanks, Austen Kroll, Thomas Ravenel, and Shep Rose as they welcome a new member, Chelsea Meissner, into the group and embark on another season of living the highlife in the low country.

[02/21/18 - 09:01 AM]
2018 National Women's Soccer League Game of the Week Begins Saturday, March 24 on Lifetime
Featuring Jenn Hildreth, Aly Wagner, and Dalen Cuff, the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime will air Saturdays beginning at 3:30pm ET with a pregame show leading up to kickoff at 3:50pm ET.

[02/21/18 - 08:37 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: Winter Olympics Continue Win Streak for NBC
The Peacock rides its primetime coverage to the top spot in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[02/21/18 - 08:37 AM]
Netflix Signs New Four Picture Deal with Jay and Mark Duplass
"The Untitled Duplass Brothers Ray Romano Project," the first film on the newly struck deal, will be released later this year.

[02/21/18 - 08:10 AM]
American Political Drama Series "Madam Secretary" to Premiere on WE tv Starting Wednesday, March 7 at 7PM
Beginning the following week, Wednesday, March 14, the series will air during all-day binge-a-thons on Wednesdays from 10am-4:00am ET/PT.

[02/21/18 - 07:00 AM]
Video: Danger, Will Robinson! Netflix Releases First Look at "Lost in Space," Launching on Earth on April 13
Netflix provided NASA with access to the pilot episode, which was transmitted 12 days ago to the International Space Station for astronauts to view during their leisure time.

[02/21/18 - 06:06 AM]
Amazon Studios to Adapt "Consider Phlebas," First Novel of the "Culture" Series, for Television
The series will be adapted by Dennis Kelly with Plan B Entertainment slated to produce and the Estate of Iain Banks attached as executive producer.

[02/21/18 - 05:32 AM]
Ten More Presenters Announced for 90th Oscars(R)
The additional presenters include Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya.

[02/20/18 - 11:42 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, February 20
Updates include: Jay Hernandez to lead "Magnum, P.I." reboot at CBS; Lauren Cohan to star in ABC's "Whiskey Cavalier"; and Walton Goggins to topline "L.A. Confidential" at CBS.