REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL EXAMINES SAFETY IN YOUTH FOOTBALL; CHRONICLES THE RISE AND FALL OF FIFA’S CHUCK BLAZER; AND SPOTLIGHTS A CANADIAN PUNJABI-LANGUAGE NHL BROADCAST WHEN A NEW EDITION DEBUTS TUESDAY, NOV. 22, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most-honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when its 236th edition debuts TUESDAY, NOV. 22 (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
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More than a dozen American children die each year playing high school football. Some deaths occur in practice and others in games, and while some are a result of indirect causes like heat exhaustion or heart-related events, the most common cause is traumatic head injury. Among the two million kids playing below the high school level, emerging research suggests that cumulative contact at younger ages is laying the groundwork for brain damage.
USA Football has been working for nearly ten years to improve safety and convince the public that the game is safer today for its millions of youth participants. REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg, who presented a groundbreaking, Emmy®-winning exposé on the impact of concussions in the NFL in 2007, looks at why the youngest football players in the country, with the most-vulnerable brains and bodies, are often the least-protected from catastrophic injury and death.
Producer: Nick Dolin.
A few years ago, Chuck Blazer was largely considered the godfather of soccer in America. During his meteoric rise from youth soccer coach to soccer kingpin, he led initiatives to popularize the game in the U.S. and became the first American in nearly 50 years to join the ranks of FIFA’s executive committee. Rubbing elbows with everyone from Nelson Mandela to Hillary Clinton to Vladimir Putin, he amassed wealth and power while living like a king.
But in 2015, the U.S. Attorney General turned international soccer on its head with dozens of indictments of FIFA executives for fraud, bribery and money laundering. It was subsequently revealed that the FBI had previously “flipped” Blazer, who recorded conversations with some of the most powerful men in soccer as a government informant. Today, Blazer, 71, is believed to be fighting for his life in a New Jersey hospice as he battles colon cancer. REAL SPORTS correspondent David Scott sits down with Mary Lynn Banks, Blazer’s longtime girlfriend, in her first TV interview about being the closest witness to his rise and fall.
Producer: Jordan Kronick.
While more than 90% of the players in the National Hockey League identify as white, an ambitious Canadian TV personality is making surprising headway in diversifying the sport’s fan base. Harnarayan Singh, 31, and his team at “Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi” have broken new ground by delivering the biggest game of the week to the more than one million Punjabi-speaking Canadians in their native language. REAL SPORTS correspondent Andrea Kremer heads to Vancouver and Calgary to meet Singh and the rest of his crew, who have given new voice to one of the most popular broadcasts in North America.
Producer: Chapman Downes.
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 24 (4:00 a.m.), 25 (4:30 p.m.), 26 (12:50 a.m.), 27 (11:45 a.m.) and 30 (3:40 p.m., 11:05 p.m.), and Dec. 2 (10:00 a.m.), 5 (5:00 a.m.), 7 (3:55 p.m., 10:00 p.m.) and 10 (1:45 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 23 (10:15 a.m.) and 28 (4:30 p.m.), and Dec. 3 (6:55 a.m., 3:45 a.m.), 6 (8:00 p.m.), 13 (2:30 p.m.), 16 (11:40 p.m.) and 18 (12:45 p.m.)
The show is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
Premiering on HBO in April 1995, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL has recently continued its celebrated run of excellence, becoming the first show in sports TV history to capture the three most coveted awards in broadcast journalism in a single year. In 2016, the series received the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a George F. Peabody Award and a Sports Emmy® Award for Outstanding Journalism.
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The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.
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