ESPN has announced the addition of two new films to its hit 30 for 30 film series. Survive and Advance and Elway to Marino are the latest additions to the network’s ongoing series of documentaries. The first of the films to debut will be Survive and Advance. The documentary centers on the late NC State University basketball coach Jim Valvano and the Wolfpack’s legendary 1982-’83 season. That year, the team came back from almost not making the NCAA tournament to winning nine straight games in route to winning the NCAA title that year. The Wolfpack players took down teams whose rosters included players who would later go on to become some of the game’s biggest names. Among those names are the likes of: Jordan, Olajuwon, Sampson, and Drexler. The film is directed by Jonathan Hock (Unguarded, The Best That Never Was). It will air Sunday, March 17th at 9pm on ESPN.
The second of the new films in the series is the football documentary, Elway to Marino. This documentary focuses on what is considered by most to be a pivotal turning point for the NFL in the April 26, 1983 NFL Draft. Before this draft, the NFL was in very troubled waters. The previous season had seen a players strike. The USFL took that as a chance to take some of the league’s top talent. And the now late Al Davis had taken the league to court. But it was this draft that turned the tide for the league. The film examines the draft from the vantage point of the owners, players, managers, agents and more to explain the significance of the landmark draft. Among the players taken in the draft were NFL legends John Elway and Dan Marino (just two of the six QBs taken that year). It examines all the work that went into drafting players, both the good and the bad. Elway to Marino was directed by Ken Rodgers and is being presented by both ESPN Films and NFL Films. It will air Tuesday, April 23rd at 9pm on ESPN.
Elway to Marino and Survive and Advance are just two more additions to the long awaited 30 for 30 Volume II which is currently slated for an October 2013 release. Sports lovers and fans in general can keep up with the latest news about this release and others in the 30 for 30 series online at http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30 and http://www.espn.com/30for30.
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