ESPN Player has unveiled an impressive line-up of new programming available on the platform in the coming weeks, headlined by a brand new 30 for 30 documentary which chronicles one of the most memorable and significant seasons in the history of baseball.
Long Gone Summer directed by AJ Schnack – Monday 15 June, ESPN Player
Long Gone Summer looks back on the summer of 1998, when the St. Louis Cardinals’ Mark McGwire and the Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa embarked on a chase of one of the game’s most hallowed records – most home runs in a season – igniting the passion and imagination of fans and non-fans across America. The drama, excitement, and results would be remembered for generations, but fond recollections would eventually be complicated by questions about performance enhancing drugs fuelling the competition.
Directed by AJ Schnack, the film takes viewers back to the landmark 1998 baseball season – its tremendous highlights, massive impact, and undeniable complications. Featuring in-depth interviews with both McGwire and Sosa, talking at length for the first time in over two decades, the intimate portrait carries viewers through every twist and turn of the sluggers’ historic chase of Roger Maris’s iconic record of 61 home runs in a single season. The film is a journey back through time that recalls how seismic and emotional the story was – even as the legitimacy of the accomplishments at its centre would later be called into question.
E60 – Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story – Saturday 30 May, ESPN Player (available in territories where ESPN Player airs live MLB)
ESPN Player will also bring viewers a brand new special edition of ESPN’s investigative series E:60, on the tragic death of one of Major League Baseball’s most revered figures, Hall of Fame pitcher Roy “Doc” Halladay. Halladay, who retired from baseball after the 2013 season, died when the light plane he was piloting crashed in the Gulf of Mexico in Pasco County, Florida, on 7 November 2017. In the wake of his mysterious death, a toxicology report detailed a cocktail of prescription medication in his system which many experts believe impaired Halladay on his final flight. It shocked many in baseball who knew him only as the consummate professional and family man.
After more than two years of silence, Halladay’s family speaks for the first time on camera about the man, his struggles and his death. In exclusive E60 interviews with Halladay’s widow, Brandy; his son, Braden; his father, Roy Halladay, Jr.; his sister, Heather, and other close friends and teammates, correspondent John Barr reveals new details about Halladay’s multiple trips to rehab, his psychological diagnoses and the fateful day when his plane went down.
New studio shows on ESPN Player
ESPN Player is adding three new studio shows to its line-up, which will be available live and on-demand, starting on Friday 29 May.
ESPNFC – Daily global soccer news and information show, featuring pundits including Steve Nicol, Shaka Hislop, Craig Burley and more debating the big talking points and hot topics from elite football around the world (not available in the UK).
Caps Off – A weekly round-up of the latest talking points and best moments from Major League Baseball (available in territories where ESPN Player airs live MLB).
SportsCenter Global – Regular updates from ESPN’s iconic news brand, bringing viewers the latest sports stories from around the world.
The new content follows the announcement that ESPN Player will bring viewers live coverage of KBO, the South Korean baseball league. Fans will be able to watch English-language coverage of KBO League live games and highlights for the 2020 season, including the postseason and the Korea Series best-of-seven championship.
About ESPN Films on ESPN Player
ESPN Player is home to an extensive catalogue of ESPN Films sports documentaries, including many from the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 For 30 series. The line-up includes Oscar-winning documentary OJ: Made In America, and features more than 400 documentaries and features covering subjects as diverse as the link between the narcotics trade and professional football in Colombia in The Two Escobars, to the story behind Mike Tyson’s shocking loss to Buster Douglas in 42-1.