The latest installment of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series is set to air tomorrow night, October 9th, at 8pm EST. Following the success of Broken, ESPN will next air the program, 9.79. 9.79 follows the now matchup between track stars Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis in the Men’s 100m final at the 1988 Olympic Games. While the matchup made news headlines around the world, the steroid scandal that followed it was just as big. 97.9 focuses on the scandal as well. The scandal centered on what would become an increasingly large revelation about those who had taken P.E.D.’s and anabolic steroids. Johnson himself was wrapped up in the scandal, and would lose his gold medal as a result of the investigation. The trailer for the special can be viewed here: http://espn.go.com/30for30/
Along with tomorrow night’s broadcast, Grantland.com will run two features related to 97.9. One of those features will be a podcast featuring an episode of Bill Simmons’ The B.S. Report. Malcolm Gladwell will be on the podcast. There will also be a first-hand account of the matchup written by Grantland writer Charlie Pierce. Pierce was on hand for the race at the games in Seoul.
97.9 was a selection in this year’s annual Toronto Film Festival. It was directed by Daniel Gordon. For those that can’t catch tomorrow night’s broadcast, there are four more films in the latest 30 for 30 series. Audiences can catch There’s No Place Like Home next Tuesday, October 16th at 8pm EST. And on the following Tuesday, October 23rd, ESPN will air Benji at 8pm EST. ESPN will close out the month with a broadcast of Ghosts of Ole Miss on Tuesday, October 30th at 8pm EST. The last film in this series will be You Don’t Know Bo. Fans can catch this piece Saturday, December 8th at 9pm.
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