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Religion of Sports

Religion of Sports

  • Premiered: 
    November 15, 2016
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  • Network: AT&T/DirecTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan & Gotham Chopra 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
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Plot Synopsis

Created by New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, and filmmaker Gotham Chopra, RELIGION OF SPORTS is a one-hour sports documentary series that celebrates the transcendent power of sports by examining unique examples where specific sports profoundly influence societies and cultures in a manner that extends far beyond merely entertainment value. In this series, viewers experience the pilgrimage that hundreds of thousands of fans make to NASCAR events to witness men and machines making miracles, the exploration of man's dominion over the earth and the animals at the Calgary Stampede, and the cult-like rise of UFC and mixed martial arts fighting because of its raw and primordial action. Season 2 of RELIGION OF SPORTS premiered on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on AT&T Audience Network. The new season kicks off with "Here to Stay," the story of soccer team FC Lampedusa. International refugees now living in Hamburg, Germany's St. Pauli district make up most of the team. This episode details the social responsibility the club feels for its city and members. It also bridges sports with an important, relevant social issue -- immigration. The team and its fans regularly take their passion beyond the field by participating in protests against social injustices to bring about change. Subsequent episodes of the second season chronicle the following stories: "Through the Darkness" (Nov. 22), which follows the journey of three inmates at San Quentin, who redefine their lives through the prison's baseball program; "Hold Fast" (Nov. 29), which features American rock climber and mountaineer Conrad Anker and his mentee, a cancer survivor named Alex Wildman, as they attempt to scale El Capitan; "Disciples" (Dec. 6), which [rofiles Peter Westbrook, an Olympic medalist who opened a foundation to bring fencing to the inner city and underserved communities; "Follow that Line" (Dec. 13), which follows bicyclist Sarah Cooper as she attempts to break a time record in completing RAAM's Race Across America; and "Gods of War" (Dec. 20), which highlights young Maori student Pou Sorensen, who dreams of joining national rugby team the All Blacks.
Season 3 of RELIGION OF SPORTS premiered on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on AT&T Audience Network. The season opener, "The Space Between," features The Isle of Man TT, the most dangerous motorbike race in the world. Located on a small island between Ireland and North England, riders must navigate the old, windy roads of a small English village. Hitting speeds in excess of 200 mph, fatalities during the event are a statistical certainty. And yet, each year, the riders come back. What is it about the TT that pulls them in?. Other stories this season include:

"Ingo the Brave": With the 2018 World Cup this past summer, this episode takes an in-depth look at Iceland's national soccer team. Standing as the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup, Iceland kicks off the most popular tournament in the world playing powerhouse Argentina and Lionel Messi. Everyone in the country will be watching their team play. All except one. Because for young Ingo, watching Iceland at the World Cup reminds him of what could have been.

"We Are The People": In villages around Alaska, young Natives share the same dream as kids from LA to New York -- to be an NBA baller. The first step on that path is NABI, the Native American Basketball Invitational, the biggest event in the Rezball calendar, where Team Alaska play other Native teams from America.

"The Promised Land": The border between Mexico and the US has never been more controversial. So when the Tornillo Coyotes, a small Texas High School team, and the Juarez Titanes, a volunteer team from Mexico's crime capital, play one another, it's more than just a game.

"Rise": Alexey Molchanov is the best Freediver alive. At Vertical Blue, one of diving's premier competitions, he wants to dominate like never before. But for Alexey, diving isn't a sport; it's a means of reconnecting with a mother he lost to the ocean.

"Iron Nun": Sister Madonna Buder goes by another name: The Iron Nun. As a Catholic Nun and Ironman triathlete, she's spent her life inspiring others. On the eve of her 88th birthday, prepping for possibly her final race, she reflects on the legacy of her life.