Scoop: REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL on HBO - Today, April 18, 2017
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV's most-honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when the show's 241st edition debuts TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (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 affiliate portals.
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(Correspondent Jon Frankel with former MLB pitcher and advocate Amaury Telemaco.)
*Driving on the Island. Last January, Major League Baseball players Yordano Ventura of THE ROYALS and Andy Marte of the Diamondbacks were killed on the same day in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic. The deaths rocked the tight-knit baseball community and exposed the shocking reality of driving-related fatalities in the tiny island nation, the result of a seemingly lawless approach to driving.
Correspondent Jon Frankel heads to the Dominican Republic to learn more about this alarming problem and speaks with the mothers of Ventura and former Cardinal Oscar Taveras, who died in a 2014 accident there.
Producer: Nick Dolin.
(Christy Mack, prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth and correspondent David Scott.)
*Uncaged. Almost three years after the beating that nearly killed former adult film star Christy Mack, her ex-boyfriend, a former mixed martial arts welterweight known as War Machine, was convicted on 29 felony counts in March and faces the possibility of life in prison. Two years ago, the REAL SPORTS investigative team, led by correspondent David Scott, met Mack as she recounted her story while awaiting War Machine's trial for an eye-opening report that later captured the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism.
High-profile sports like football and boxing have long dealt with athletes' domestic violence toward women. But the relatively new American combat sport of mixed martial arts, which showcases the world's most violent athletes, largely escaped mainstream scrutiny of its fighters' conduct - until this well-publicized incident. Scott reconnects with Mack in her first TV interview since the verdict to learn more about her difficult road to justice.
Producers: David Scott, Nisreen Habbal.
(Brothers Noah and Lucas Aldrich.)
*Special Deeds. Nine-year-old Lucas Aldrich was born with Lissencephaly, a rare neurological disorder that inhibits his ability to walk and talk. His older brother, Noah, 11, has vowed never to leave Lucas behind and conceived a plan to compete with his sibling in youth triathlons. When Noah swims, he pulls his brother in a raft; when he bikes, Lucas is behind him in a buggy; and when Noah runs, he pushes his brother forward. The competition has brought both brothers to their physical brink while building a remarkable bond between them.
Correspondent Soledad O'Brien travels to Eagle, Idaho to talk with THE FAMILY about this awe-inspiring brotherhood and see how they have embraced a full life for Lucas, despite his condition.
Producer: Beret Remak.
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL won its first IRE Award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization for the landmark 2016 report on the International Olympic Committee. The show also received the first Peter Jennings Media Award from the Overseas Press Club for the IOC expose, marking the second OPC Award for the series.
The series was also nominated for three Sports Emmy® Awards last month, including two nominations for the Outstanding Sports Journalism Emmy®, which REAL SPORTS has won a record 17 times. The winners will be announced May 9.