HBO SPORTS® PRESENTS NEW EDITIONS OF THE INNOVATIVE SERIES STATE OF PLAY, FROM ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER PETER BERG, ON THREE CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS STARTING TONIGHT

Topics Include: Violence In Sports; An Underdog Prizefighter’s Pursuit Of A Title; And The Palestine National Football Team’s Quest To Compete Amidst Strife

HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg and Matthew Goldberg team up again for three new editions of the innovative topical series STATE OF PLAY, starting with the show titled INHERENT VIOLENCE, debuting TUESDAY, DEC. 13 (8:00–8:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other editions of STATE OF PLAY — FIGHTING CHANCE and GAME OF BORDERS — debut the next two nights at the same time.

Presented by Film 45 and HBO Sports, STATE OF PLAY takes on complex, multi-layered themes in sports, exploring their relationship to larger society. Each 30-minute documentary spotlights a topic or person with undeniable impact on contemporary sports.

Shows include:

STATE OF PLAY: INHERENT VIOLENCE

Debut: TUESDAY, DEC. 13 (8:00–8:30 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 18 (3:00 p.m.), 19 (12:55 p.m.) and 22 (3:15 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 13 (4:40 a.m.) and 23 (4:00 p.m.)

Combative sport has transcended time, and remains popular today. Is violence an inherent part of sports, or is it an inherent part of human beings? This film explores combat sports through two father-son relationships, a 33-year-old American professional MMA fighter who is combat training his ten-year-old son, and a 47-year-old retired player of Calcio Storico in Florence, Italy, who has groomed his son to compete in this form of soccer (dating back to the 16th century), in which head-butting, punching, elbowing and choking are allowed.

STATE OF PLAY: FIGHTING CHANCE

Debut: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 (8:00–8:30 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 18 (3:30 p.m.), 20 (1:40 p.m.) and 22 (3:45 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 14 (2:35 a.m.) and 24 (6:30 p.m.)

Having spent his entire adult life as a professional boxer, 35-year-old Raymundo “Sugar Ray” Beltran (31–7–1, 19 KOs), a Mexican immigrant and father of three, is striving to win his first world title as his career wanes. Known as a formidable opponent and a sparring partner of worldwide superstar Manny Pacquiao, he has spent most of his career on the fringe of the sport, and now strives to break free of his underdog status. Beltran’s pursuit of a championship brings into sharp focus the question of what it takes to win and asks if talent and skill alone make an athlete successful in boxing, or do circumstance, context and politics also play a significant role?

STATE OF PLAY: GAME OF BORDERS

Debut: THURSDAY, DEC. 15 (8:00–8:30 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 18 (4:00 p.m.), 21 (1:30 p.m.) and 22 (4:15 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 15 (4:00 a.m.) and 25 (6:25 p.m.)

In a time of conflict and unrest, is the reward of organized sport worth the risk? Amid the conflict and chaos of the Middle East, the Palestine national football team keeps playing. Should they take the field when the stakes off the field are as high as life and death? Or do these athletes provide an essential and peaceful glimmer of light to their community?

The new editions of STATE OF PLAY will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO On Demand, HBO GO and affiliate portals.

“HBO continues to be a great home for documentaries and partner for our projects,” says executive producer Peter Berg. “We love collaborating with them and appreciate their dedication to the series.”

“State Of Play: Trophy Kids,” which debuted in Dec. 2013, earned rave reviews for its penetrating report on the growing obsession many parents have with the scholastic athletic performance of their children. Variety wrote, “Going beyond X’s and O’s and wins and losses, HBO Sports’ ‘State of Play’ brings much-needed reflection and a wider lens to the sports universe — tackling a particular topic in a cinéma vérité-style documentary.”

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