REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL PROFILES NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS OWNER ROBERT KRAFT; GOES ONE-ON-ONE WITH CHICAGO CUBS MANAGER JOE MADDON; EXPOSES THE HARROWING WORLD OF COCKFIGHTING; AND REVISITS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD LEADER ASHRITA FURMAN WHEN A NEW EDITION DEBUTS TUESDAY, FEB. 21, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most-honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 239th edition debuts TUESDAY, FEB. 21 (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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Segments include:

Robert Kraft.

During his rise to becoming one of the world’s richest people, Robert Kraft made sure he was always in Massachusetts to watch his beloved Patriots play. A season ticket-holder since the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, Kraft’s devotion to the team allowed him to put aside financial restraint and splurge to the tune of $175 million to purchase the Patriots in 1994, at the time a record price among all American sports leagues. He ran the franchise with the passion of a fan and showed the same business prowess that marked his career as founder of the Kraft Group, which enabled him to privately finance Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. In Kraft’s 23 seasons as owner, the Patriots have sold out virtually every game and captured five Super Bowl championships.

During his rise to becoming one of the world’s richest people, Robert Kraft made sure he was always in Massachusetts to watch his beloved Patriots play. A season ticket-holder since the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, Kraft’s devotion to the team allowed him to put aside financial restraint and splurge to the tune of $175 million to purchase the Patriots in 1994, at the time a record price among all American sports leagues. He ran the franchise with the passion of a fan and showed the same business prowess that marked his career as founder of the Kraft Group, which enabled him to privately finance Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. In Kraft’s 23 seasons as owner, the Patriots have sold out virtually every game and captured five Super Bowl championships.

REAL SPORTS’ Andrea Kremer provides exclusive access to the 75-year-old Kraft in Houston during the lead-up to the team’s stunning victory in Super Bowl LI.

Producer: Jordan Kronick.

Photo: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with Real Sports correspondent Andrea Kremer (Courtesy of HBO). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Joe Maddon.

It’s good to be Joe Maddon. The three-time manager of the year snapped the Chicago Cubs’ 108-year World Series drought after just two seasons at the helm of a franchise long “cursed” to never win again. But the 63-year-old skipper tells REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel he doesn’t believe in curses of yesteryear when they sit down prior to spring training and the pursuit of another title for the iconic franchise. Gumbel and Maddon look back to the riveting 2016 fall classic and discuss the widespread criticism of his use of closer Aroldis Chapman during the series. Gumbel also speaks with Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, who reveals how he lured Maddon to the National League.

Producer: Chapman Downes.

Photo: Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (Courtesy of HBO). Please note this is a promotional for press only.

Underground Wars.

Cockfighting is a crime in all 50 states, but, shockingly, it appears to be alive and well, with derby competitions everywhere from California to New York. Driven by breeders and gamblers, this centuries-old sport features two roosters in a small pit with sharp blades affixed to their feet as they battle to the death.

Correspondent Jon Frankel meets rooster breeders and fighters who believe it’s within their constitutional rights to fight these animals, as well as animal rights activists and law enforcement trying to eliminate the underground blood sport. REAL SPORTS joins a raid in California’s San Bernardino County, providing a behind-the-scenes look at what’s being done to crack down on cockfighting, while HBO’s cameras also travel to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, the one place in America where it remains legal and is a carefully regulated, financially booming industry.

Producer: Tim Walker.

Photo: Real Sports correspondent Jon Frankel in Puerto Rico (Courtesy of HBO). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Pursuit of Happiness.

Ashrita Furman of Queens, NY, owns the Guinness World Record for the most world records, holding more than 500 official Guinness Records and more than 200 standing records. First profiled on REAL SPORTS in 2009, when he became the first person to hold 100 records simultaneously, Furman finds spiritual fulfillment through the constant pursuit of physical challenges and world records. REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg reconnects with Furman, now 62, who continues to defy the odds in pursuit of being the ultimate jack of all trades and remains a pioneer in setting records for new activities.

Producer: Tim Walker.

Photo: Guinness World Record holder Ashrita Furman (Courtesy of HBO). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

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.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on Feb. 21, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

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