It goes without saying that most of us are missing our daily dose of sports, the withdrawal symptoms are becoming worse with each passing day. In response to that, Netflix have sent us a lifeline. Since its debut on 20 April 2020, and every Monday thereafter on the streaming service, The Last Dance, has captivated us sports enthusiasts and kept us on the edge of our seats with play by play action. The riveting 10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ quest for a sixth NBA Championship in 1998 is produced by Mandalay Sports Media, in association with NBA Entertainment and Jump 23.
The series is directed by Jason Hehir (“The Fab Five,” “The ’85 Bears,” “Andre the Giant”) and features never-before-seen footage of the team as it pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years. In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson agreed to let an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team all season long. The result would be a remarkable portrait of an iconic player and a celebrated team – a portrait only now being revealed, more than two decades later, in The Last Dance.
While we wait for new episodes of The Last Dance to launch, here’s a list of content to keep us entertained, now streaming on Netflix:
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
The drivers, managers and team owners in Formula 1 live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track. This docuseries gives viewers exclusive, intimate access to the people in one of the world’s greatest racing competitions. “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” reveals the true story of the high-octane sport, which goes beyond the fight to be No. 1. There’s also a battle for the heart, soul and direction of the multibillion-dollar business. Storylines include changes that a team undergoes after an ownership change and the pressure felt to outperform other drivers.
Basketball or Nothing
This docuseries follows the Chinle High basketball team in Arizona’s Navajo Nation on a quest to win a state championship and bring pride to the isolated community.
When filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller. Dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic gold are all part of the exposure of the biggest scandal in sports history.
Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians
Following the Mumbai Indians through an IPL season as they go on an emotional journey; profiling the players, staff and owners beyond just the cricket field.
Ronda Rousey Story: Through My Father’s Eyes
This documentary chronicles former Olympian and UFC champion Ronda Rousey’s ascent to iconic status in the world of mixed martial arts.
Anthony Griezmann: The Making of a Legend
Antoine Griezmann: The Making of a Legend is a 2019 documentary film directed by Alex Dell, following Antoine Griezmann’s path from Real Sociedad in Spain, to Atletico Madrid, and all the way to winning the FIFA World Cup with France in 2018.
First Team: Juventus
This docuseries follows some of the compelling stories and characters of the renowned football club Juventus as the squad makes its way through the 2017-18 Serie A season. The show spends time with players on and off the field, at home, and other places where cameras can capture how they live their lives away from the pitch. “First Team: Juventus” brings the team’s fans and supporters closer to some of their favourite players, including Federico Bernardeschi, Giorgio Chiellini, Douglas Costa and Gonzalo Higuaín.
No doubt these should help with some of the withdrawals. Until we wait for the action to return, there’s worse ways to keep us busy, thanks to Netflix for catering to us!
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