REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Goes One-on-One with Controversial Raiders’ Offensive Lineman Richie Incognito; Tells the Emotional Unifying Story of Rugby’s Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand; and Examines Why Girls are Steered Away from Playing Baseball when a New Edition Debuts Tuesday, September 24, Exclusively on HBO

Sep 17 · 3 min read

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most-honored sports journalism series, with a record 19 Sports Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Sports Journalism, presents more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 270th edition debuts TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The show is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

For up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports, and on and

Segments include:

Richie Incognito.

After serving a two-game suspension, 36-year-old Richie Incognito is eligible to return to the field on Sunday for the first time since retiring from the NFL in 2017. The four-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman sits down with Bernie Goldberg to discuss his turbulent history, and his decision to come out of retirement to join the Oakland Raiders.

Producer: Chapman Downes.

Photo: Richie Incognito, Bernie Goldberg (Credit: Courtesy of HBO). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Sonny Bill Williams.

The New Zealand mosque shooting in Christchurch in March left the nation in shock, with one rugby icon at the center of this national tragedy. The famed All Blacks’ first Muslim player, Sonny Bill Williams, revisits the scene of the horrific tragedy with REAL SPORTS’ David Scott and demonstrates how the national sport can help to heal and unify a diverse and divided country.

Producer: Nisreen Habbal.

Photo: Sonny Bill Williams, David Scott (Credit: Courtesy of HBO). Please note this is a promotioanl photo for press only.

Girls Baseball.

Today, girls have more opportunities to play sports than ever before, and they are playing them with more power, speed and stamina. Yet, baseball remains one of the few sports they are asked to forgo, even if they already play it. Jon Frankel reports on why girls are participating in virtually every sport in youth sports programs, high schools and colleges, with baseball being one of the few exceptions.

Producer: Nick Dolin.

REAL SPORTS recently received the 2019 Sports Emmy® Award for Outstanding Sports Journalism. In total, REAL SPORTS has been honored with the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports News Anthology five times in the past seven years, capturing 34 Emmys® in 24 years overall. The show was recently nominated for two News and Documentary Emmy® Awards for Best Story in a Newsmagazine and Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Newsmagazine. The awards will be announced on September 24 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

The executive producers of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL are Peter Nelson, Rick Bernstein and Joe Perskie.

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