All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts September 27





All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts September 27

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns for an all-new episode on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

For updates on REAL SPORTS, follow the conversion on @RealSportsHBO, HBO.com/realsports or Facebook.com/RealSportsHBO.

September segments include:
WADA: “Real Sports” investigates allegations that the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, is failing to adequately police international sport for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Insiders claim that WADA’s mission is being compromised by conflicts of interest and outside meddling. Correspondent Jon Frankel reports. Producer: Max Gershberg.

DARREN WALLER: Battling drug addiction at the start of his NFL career, Darren Waller was suspended from the league and almost died from a drug overdose. After a fresh start with the Raiders, Waller miraculously turned his career around, becoming one of the league’s top tight ends. Now, he’s also putting in the work off the field, partnering with his drug sponsor to help save other addicts, by pulling them from the underground tunnels beneath the Las Vegas strip. Correspondent David Scott reports. Producer: Evan Burgos.

FRANCES TIAFOE (Update): “Real Sports” first profiled then-rising US tennis star Frances Tiafoe in 2017. The revealing segment showed how unlikely and remarkable his backstory was in a sport that typically has a high barrier to entry. Now, after beating all-time great Rafael Nadal on his way to becoming the first American in 16 years to make it to the semifinals at the US Open, Tiafoe is one of the most talked-about stars on the court today. Correspondent Mary Carillo reports. Producers: Beret Remak, Hannah Vicente-Kliot.
The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.



All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts August 23





All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts August 23

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns for an all-new episode at a special time on TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 (11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ET/PT). The series is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

For updates on REAL SPORTS, follow the conversion on @RealSportsHBO, HBO.com/realsports or Facebook.com/RealSportsHBO.

August segments include:
KEVIN WARREN: In a rare, one-on-one television interview, Bryant Gumbel sits down with Kevin Warren, the Commissioner of the Big Ten and one of the most powerful figures in sports. The first Black commissioner of a Power 5 conference, few know the obstacles Warren faced and the odds he’s defied along the way – including surviving a terrible accident when he was a young boy. Producer: Maggie Burbank.

ROCKET MEN: Richard Browning and David Mayman are a new breed of thrill seekers: part aerial athletes and part mad scientists who have reimagined human flight by attaching jet engines to their bodies and launching themselves into the sky. The adventure is not just for fun, as Browning and Mayman believe their inventions can actually help save lives. Correspondent Jon Frankel reports. Producer: Chapman Downes.

SENIOR GAMES: Mary Carillo attends The Senior Games, the premiere sporting event for senior citizens ages 50 to 100 who refuse to bow down to Father Time, vying for gold in events ranging from shuffleboard to the 100-meter dash. Producer: Katie Melone.

ANN WOLFE (UPDATE): After an abusive childhood and a period of homelessness as a single mother, former boxer Ann Wolfe turned her life around by becoming a world champion, and then a world-class trainer – the only female to have ever guided a male fighter to championship contention. Thirteen years after our first report, Real Sports caught up with Wolfe as she marked her greatest professional achievement yet – being enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Correspondent Andrea Kremer reports. Producers: Nick Dolin/Chapman Downes/Evan Burgos.



All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts July 19





All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts July 19

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns with an all-new episode on TUESDAY, JULY 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The episode debuts on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

For updates on REAL SPORTS, follow the conversion on @RealSportsHBO, HBO.com/realsports or Facebook.com/RealSportsHBO.

July segments include:
PHANATIC: Correspondent Mary Carillo details the inside story of the man behind the most beloved mascots in sports. Over 40 years ago, Dave Raymond created the Philly Phanatic, an electric-green muppet with a mischievous personality that made him a star. In the years since, Raymond has developed more than a hundred mascots across sports and business – bittersweet success born from personal struggles and heartrending devotion. Producer: Nisreen Habbal.

BIRD BRAINS: Each year, more than a dozen teams set out to prove they are the best in the world at one of the most unusual competitions ever: bird watching. The eagle-eyed observers set out across the great state of New Jersey to participate in a contest lasting 24 consecutive hours. The team that spots and identifies the greatest number and variety of birds within that period is declared the winner with a grand prize of…zero dollars. In his first piece for Real Sports, Ariel Helwani reports. Producers: Chapman Downes/Evan Burgos.

SUMO: Real Sports travels to Japan for a rare, behind-the-scenes look into the world of Sumo wrestling. Correspondent David Scott learns the ancient rules and traditions of the country’s 2000-year-old national treasure – and why some consider it the most demanding sport on the planet. Producer: Jordan Kronick.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.



All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts June 21





All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts June 21

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns with an all-new episode on TUESDAY, JUNE 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series debuts on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.

For updates on REAL SPORTS, follow the conversion on @RealSportsHBO, HBO.com/realsports or Facebook.com/RealSportsHBO.

June segments include:
CHRIS EVERT: Tennis superstar Chris Evert defined an era in women’s sports, winning at least one Grand Slam title for 13 straight years. Today, she faces a very different kind of fight: ovarian cancer. Mary Carillo reports. Producer: Nick Dolin.

KERI BLAKINGER: For Keri Blakinger, the unforgiving world of incarceration in America is intimately familiar — not just because she’s one of the most prominent prison reporters but because she also served time in federal prison. Her unusual journey into the American criminal justice system began in, of all places, the world of figure skating, where Blakinger was once an Olympic hopeful. Soledad O’Brien reports. Producer: Dan Litke.

SCUBA DETECTIVES: While many scuba divers search for coral reefs and tropical fish, others are on a much different hunt. Recovery divers use the sport of scuba diving to investigate underwater crime scenes. Real Sports follows a training session with the country’s leading underwater criminal investigator as he trains cops in scuba detective work. They visit Panama where a master scuba diver recently recovered the bodies of two women trapped in a plane at the bottom of the ocean. Jon Frankel reports. Producer: Maggie Burbank.
The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.



All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts May 24





All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts May 24

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns with an all-new episode on TUESDAY, MAY 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series debuts on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.

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

May segments include:
CASTER SEMENYA & INTERSEX ATHLETES: After years of being forced by track’s governing body, World Athletics, to take hormone therapy to suppress her body’s natural testosterone, Olympic gold medalist middle distance runner Caster Semenya launched a lawsuit claiming they violated her human rights. In a rare interview, Semenya sits down with Real Sports to discuss the controversy surrounding her ability to compete. Andrea Kremer reports. Producer: Nisreen Habbal.

DESHAUN WATSON ACCUSERS: Several women who have accused Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct sit down for their first ever national TV interview. In the report, they detail the alleged abuse they suffered and share their reactions to Watson’s record-breaking $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns. Soledad O’Brien reports. Producer: Max Gershberg.

SAVANNAH BANANAS: Some say America’s national pastime – baseball – has become too long, slow and boring. The solution, according to Jesse Cole, is Banana Ball, a game Cole invented and named after the team he owns – the Savannah Bananas. Banana Ball has a two-hour time limit and removes what Cole says are all the boring parts of baseball, like bunting and stepping out of the batter’s box. To play his game, Cole has assembled a cast of characters. He recruited a pitcher on stilts, a rodeo clown and a 75-year-old former Major League All-Star, who descends from the bleachers, beer in hand. If Cole sounds more like a ringmaster than a traditional baseball owner, perhaps that’s because Cole fashions himself after P.T. Barnum, the founder of Barnum & Bailey circus. Mary Carillo reports. Producer: Jake Rosenwasser.
The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.



Landmark 300th Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts April 19





Landmark 300th Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts April 19

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL celebrates its landmark 300th episode on TUESDAY, APRIL 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series debuts on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.

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

April segments include:
JAKE PAUL: From rapping to elaborate pranks, Jake Paul’s YouTube videos are viral sensations, amassing more than seven billion views. Now, with no experience at all, Paul has decided to become a full-time professional boxer. Undefeated in his first five pro fights, Paul still hasn’t gone toe-to-toe with a boxer with a ranking. Nevertheless, millions of people have been buying pay-per-views to watch his fights, making him one of the biggest and richest names in the sport today. David Scott reports. Producer: Jordan Kronick.

CASTER SEMENYA & INTERSEX ATHLETES: After years of being forced by track’s governing body, World Athletics, to take hormone therapy to suppress her body’s natural testosterone, Olympic gold medalist middle distance runner Caster Semenya launched a lawsuit claiming they violated her human rights. In a rare interview, Semenya sits down with Real Sports to discuss the controversy surrounding her being able to compete. Andrea Kremer reports. Producer: Nisreen Habbal.

OKSANA MASTERS UPDATE: Born an orphan in Ukraine during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Oksana Masters has drawn from the trauma of her childhood to fuel an astonishing, record-setting Paralympic career in her adopted home of the United States. But at the Winter Games last month, she had a new motivation: to compete in honor of her birth country of Ukraine, now in another crisis, this time a war with Russia. Soledad O’Brien reports. Producers: Beret Remak, Evan Burgos.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.



All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts March 22





All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts March 22

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns with an all-new episode on TUESDAY, MARCH 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series debuts on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.

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

March segments include:
JALEN ROSE: Jalen Rose, a member of Michigan’s famed Fab Five and a 14-year veteran of the NBA, has focused his post-game efforts on providing free education to underserved youth in his native Detroit, opening the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. Rose, like many of his students, never met his father. But unlike his students, his father was one of the most famous Detroit Pistons players of his time – a fact that would drive Rose to success and inspire him to open his school. Mary Carillo reports. Producer: Nisreen Habbal.

SKIING COCHRANS: While tiny Cochran’s Ski Area in Vermont may seem unremarkable compared to the biggest ski resorts in the world, its history of producing elite skiers is nothing short of amazing. And for the past twenty years the US Ski Team has had at least one Cochran family member on the roster, including Ryan Cochran-Siegle, the only American to medal in Alpine skiing at the Beijing Olympics. Real Sports sits down with the first family of American skiing and learns of their mission to give children – regardless of means – the opportunity to ski and have fun. Andrea Kremer reports. Producer: Maggie Burbank.

WAR GAMES (UPDATE): WAR GAMES (UPDATE): In 2018, Real Sports looked behind the curtain of Russia’s armed forces at the International Army Games, a military style Olympics where armies from around the globe descend on mock battlefields to compete for glory. As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine wages on, we observe the same military hardware being used today. David Scott reports. Producer: Daniel Litke.
The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.



All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts February 22





All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts February 22

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns with an all-new episode on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series debuts on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.

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

February segments include:
SLED TRAUMA: There is a dark side to Olympic sliding sports like Bobsled and Skeleton that casual fans of the Beijing Winter Games know little about: many former and current athletes have suffered major head trauma participating in these sports, suffering the same kinds of injuries normally associated with football players. The trauma is caused not only by major collisions, but also by small hits often referred to as “sled head,” caused by speed, whiplash and vibration of the ice. Jon Frankel reports. Producer: Chapman Downes.

BITCOIN BEACH: For decades, a small seaside village in El Salvador called El Zonte has been a mecca for surfers from around the world. But in recent years, tourists have been flooding to El Zonte to ride the Bitcoin wave after a group of avid surfers-turned-Bitcoin evangelists transformed the town into “Bitcoin Beach,” a hub for cryptocurrency as a potential solution to uplift locals out of poverty. Mary Carillo reports. Producer: Max Gershberg.

OPIOID ABUSE IN YOUNG ATHLETES: Seven years ago, Real Sports explored the issue of young, injured athletes who are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers that can lead to heroin addiction. Sadly, one of the addicted young athletes featured in the 2015 segment, Donny Allieri, suffered an overdose last summer after years of sobriety. In this revisit, Real Sports interviews Donny’s mother about her son’s battle with drugs and the disease that took his life. Soledad O’Brien reports. Producer: Evan Burgos.
The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.



REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Returns For Its 28th Season January 25





REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Returns For Its 28th Season January 25

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL will return for its 28th season on TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

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

January segments include:

CHINA GAMES/IOC: Amid reports of China’s detention of more than one million ethnic Uyghurs, “Real Sports” explores the troubling relationship between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and China’s campaign of repression ahead of the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Isobel Yeung reports. Producer: Josh Fine.

SKATE MATES: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi, former Olympic figure skaters turned powerhouse analyst team, describe themselves as long-lost platonic soulmates who met later in life. Their on-screen chemistry, fueled by coordinated outfits, may be one of the most exciting primetime performances at the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. Soledad O’Brien reports. Producer: Katie Melone.

SPORTS GAMBLING: Three years ago, a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for legalized sports wagering in the United States. In a short time, the market has exploded with sports leagues, teams and the leagues’ broadcast partners capitalizing on the opportunity. Everyone has benefitted except for one group — the gamblers who become addicted. Jon Frankel reports. Producer: Jake Rosenwasser.
The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.



REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Returns December 21




REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Returns December 21 With A Roundtable Review Of 2021

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL caps another season of enterprising reporting with a roundtable review of this year’s most memorable moments from the show on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

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

Departing from the show’s regular format, host Bryant Gumbel leads correspondents Mary Carillo, Jon Frankel, Andrea Kremer, Soledad O’Brien, David Scott and Kavitha Davidson in a spirited discussion about 2021, recapping the most significant and impactful stories of the year.

Stories discussed in the episode include DeMaurice Smith’s one-on-one discussion with Gumbel on the emails sent by Jon Gruden; a profile of Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis; athletes with long-term effects from COVID-19; motivational speaker and extreme sports athlete Wim Hof and the Barkley Marathons; the impact that high school and youth sports have played on the spread of COVID-19; obstacles faced by female sports reporters in the male-dominated industry; former NBA players jumping into the billion-dollar cannabis industry; the inspiring story of Minneapolis North High School’s football coaching staff; the incorporation of jiu-jitsu into police training to curb violence; the sexual abuse allegations within the University of Michigan and the world of All-Star cheerleading; student-athletes being allowed to profit from their name, image and likeness; Michael Schwimer’s Big League Advance that funds minor leaguers for a percentage of their future baseball earnings; and hunting contests to curb animal populations.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.