ESPN’s award-winning news magazine, E:60, returns tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN to tell the best stories in sports. Recently honored with Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports News Anthology and Long Feature as well as the Edward R. Murrow Award for Journalism, the series will continue to deliver impactful, timely, original pieces that transcend sports. The special summer run of shows premieres tonight with former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who sits down for the first time to talk in-depth about his retirement from the NFL (Trailer: http://es.pn/29nOEmF). The show will also feature the unique story of the man who drove 19 miles with Muhammad Ali in the back of the hearse, through the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, to ‘The Champ’s’ final resting place (Trailer: http://es.pn/29CcHPP). Finally, the powerful story of Paula Blanco, a running back with the Orlando Anarchy women’s football team, who was with teammates at Pulse nightclub on June 12th, when 49 people were killed in the worst act of terrorism on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001, and the deadliest attack on a gay target in the nation’s history (Trailer: http://es.pn/29i7BTL).
The E:60 summer line-up will also introduce sports fans to the U.S. Olympians poised to become the biggest names of the Rio Games including:
- Simone Biles: The most dominant athlete ever in her sport, the gold medal favorite in Rio, Biles has been called “The Michael Jordan of Gymnastics.” At 19, having endured a challenging family situation in her childhood and racism in her sport, she carries the hopes of her home country.
- Iptihaj Muhammad: The first U.S. Olympian to compete in hijab, this Muslim American and medal hopeful in fencing has been a target of discrimination and harassment.
- Vashti Cunningham: One of America’s best hopes for Olympic gold in the women’s high jump, Cunningham is being coached by her father, Randall Cunningham, the 2-time All Pro NFL Quarterback.
NFL stories include Trent Richardson, the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, who speaks with Shelley Smith about his trying personal family story as he attempts to resurrect his career with the Baltimore Ravens; and Tom Rinaldi profiles the journey of Ezekiel (“Zeke”) Elliott from childhood to Ohio State to the Dallas Cowboys.
MLB stories include a conversation with the legendary Vin Scully, who in his 67th and final season as play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers, opens up to Jeremy Schaap about his epic career behind the mic.
E:60 Summer Show Line-Up
Thurs., July 7 (10pm) ESPN
Fri., July 15 (8pm ET) ESPN
Thurs., July 21 (10pm ET) ESPN
Fri., July 29 (7pm ET) ESPN
Thurs., Aug.4 (10pm ET) ESPN
E:60 continues to innovate long-form storytelling, enterprise reporting and production technique. E:60’s veteran team of reporters contributing to E:60 include Jeremy Schaap, Lisa Salters, Tom Rinaldi, Chris Connelly, and Shelley Smith. E:60 is led by Executive Producer Andy Tennant, Coordinating Producer Michael Baltierra and Coordinating Producer Ben Houser. Since 2007 E:60 has reported from Kenya, Sudan, India, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Mexico, Senegal, Philippines, Netherlands, Haiti, Costa Rica, South Africa, Ukraine, Serbia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Panama, Liberia, and the Middle East.