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‘Michael Sam’ Documentary Airs Tomorrow on OWN

SamOprah Winfrey Network will air the exclusive documentary, “Michael Sam,” tomorrow night at 9 pm ET. Sam, the first openly gay player in NFL history, is currently out of football after being released by the Cowboys’ practice squad in October.

Following the documentary special, Oprah Winfrey will speak exclusively with Sam in his first television interview since being released by Dallas. The special episode of “Oprah Prime” will air at 10:30 pm ET.

This is the same documentary that was originally supposed to be a multi-episode series, but that plan was scrapped when Sam decided to focus on football. The new version is 90 minutes and gets up close and personal with Sam. He openly discusses a childhood filled with tragedy and poverty, as well as his emotional decision to come out as a gay man in the world of pro sports.

“Michael Sam” captures the moment when the St. Louis Rams made history by drafting Sam. It also documents the intense media scrutiny that immediately followed, and Sam’s struggle to stay focused despite the pressure and chaos. Veiwers will also get an inside look at Sam’s relationship with his boyfriend Vito and the challenge of balancing his personal life alongside his pursuit of NFL stardom.

ESPN’s NFL guru Adam Schefter reported last month that a few teams have been in contact with the free agent defensive end, but it appears Sam’s quest to play in a regular-season game will have to wait until at least next season.

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30 For 30 To Receive NABJ's Best Practices Award

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will present ESPN’s 30 for 30 series with the organization’s Best Practices Award at their 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Philadelphia on Aug. 6.

“30 for 30 is indicative of the excellent contributions made by a brilliant and diverse team working behind the scenes,” said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times “The NABJ board congratulates executive producers John Dahl, Connor Schell, NABJ member Keith Clinkscales and the ESPN team for including talented black filmmakers who hit an amazing home run.”

Previous honorees of NABJ’s Best Practices Award include NBC Universal and TV One.

 

 

 

 

Dick Enberg Working His Final Wimbledon

Legendary announcer Dick Enberg will call his 32nd and final Wimbledon tournament starting Monday.

“It’s part of 5 decades, starting in 1979, a total of 32 Wimbledons,” Enberg told the San Diego Union-Tribune via email from England. “The decision was mine to make this my last Wimbledon and ESPN was sensitive to give me a chance to say goodbye to an event that has been my favorite.”

Enberg will do 10 “vignettes” to reflect on his 30-plus years calling action from Wimbledon. He will return to his play-by-play duties with the San Diego Padres on July 6.

[H/T Fang's Bites]

 

In Which the New York Post Gets Close to Spelling "MLS" Correctly

We believe you were going to MLS, guys. You know, short for Major League Soccer. (But hey, at least you’re writing about the sport.)