Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel boardcast a new edition featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Champ Jimmie Johnson, former Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson, Victor Conte and the controversial website Deadspin on HBO on February 15, 2011. The edition encores on additional airdates, listed in this article, and On Demand cable television.
With another Sprint Cup championship performance in 2010, NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson continues to make racing history by becoming the first driver to win five consecutive titles. Named NASCAR 2010 Driver of the Year, Johnson and his No. 48 car and crew are clearly the sport’s best, though they continue to hear criticism from unsatisfied fans and press. First covered on Real Sports in 2008 and then the subject of a “24/7” reality series on the network in 2010, Johnson has raised his national profile while continuing to excel. In this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated collaboration, correspondent Jon Frankel reconnects with Jimmie Johnson as he prepares for the start of the 2011 season at Daytona. Producer: Jill Klapper.
- Jimmie Johnson: Race to Daytona
- 3rd episode of Jimmie Johnson: Race to Daytona on HBO
- Pictures: Jimmie Johnson racecar driver at Daytona
- Pictures of NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson
Slideshow: Pictures of Jimmie Johnson at Daytona, inlcluding: incident involving Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 Stanley Ford, David Reutimann, driver of the #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota, Brian Vickers, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, Mark Martin, driver of the #5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, and Travis Kvapil, driver of the #38 Long John Silver’s Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
When the BALCO steroids scandal rocked the sports world in 2003, many people blamed Victor Conte, who would eventually be convicted of dealing performance-enhancing drugs, for ruining the treasured record book of America’s national pastime Five years after his prison release, Conte is back to training big name athletes and says he is commited to doing things the right way. Real Sports correspondent Bernard Goldberg goes one-on-one with Conte to find out what he’s learned. Producer: Maggie Burbank.
Deadspin has replaced the newspaper gossip column as the most dreaded place for major sports figures to see their names in bold – until Deadspin.com emerged with the motto “Without access, discretion, or favor.” By adhering to its mission, the site has carved out a unique niche in the digital media landscape. Producers: Tim Walker, Chapman Downes.
Mike Tyson has not fought professionally since 2005, but is still big news. One of the most recognizable sports figures of the last quarter-century, he was labeled the “baddest man on the planet” during his controversial and prolific heavyweight career, forging such a dark persona that Madison Avenue largely shunned him during his 1986-1996 championship run. Tyson declared bankruptcy, left the ring and has reinvented himself, finding a niche as a Hollywood actor and taking life one day at a time. Now, with his own cable TV series devoted to his love of pigeons, he’s back on the national stage. Real Sports correspondent Jon Frankel sits down with “Iron Mike.” Producer: Nick Dolin.
Upcoming HBO playdated for this edition of Real Sports include: February 21 (9:30 a.m.), 23 (1:30 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 25 (6:30 p.m.), 26 (11:30 a.m.) and 28 (10:30 p.m., 3:05 a.m.), and March 6 (8:00 a.m.). HBO2 playdates: February 20 (11:00 p.m.), 22 (3:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 24 (8:00 a.m., 10:00 p.m.), and March 1 (6:00 p.m., 5:00 a.m.), 12 (noon) and 20 (6:10 a.m.). The episode will be on On Demand from February 21 – March 14, 2011.
The executive producers of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; Kirby Bradley is senior producer.