TELLS THE GRIPPING STORY OF RAE CARRUTH’S UNWANTED SON;
INVESTIGATES THE NCAA CONCUSSION CRISIS; AND
REEXAMINES THE 2009 COLLAPSE OF THE COWBOYS’ PRACTICE FACILITY
WHEN THE EMMY®-WINNING SHOW RETURNS NOV. 20, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
Now in its 18th season, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 188th edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, NOV. 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m.ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 20 (2:55 a.m.), 21 (1:05 a.m.), 23 (10:45 a.m., 8:00 p.m.), 25 (7:30 a.m.), 28 (10:00 a.m., 4:45 p.m.) and 30 (7:00 p.m., 3:20 a.m.), and Dec. 4 (2:30 p.m., midnight)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 24 (3:30 p.m.), 27 (noon, 8:00 p.m.) and 29 (4:15 p.m.), and Dec. 2 (8:00 a.m.), 5 (11:55 a.m., 12:55 a.m.) and 11 (10:00 a.m., midnight)
HBO On Demand® availability: Nov. 26-Dec. 17
The show will also be available on HBO GO®.
*The Son Rises. Thirteen years ago, Cherica Adams was gunned down on a desolate Charlotte, NC road. Eight months pregnant at the time, she eventually died from gunshot wounds, but her son, Chancellor, miraculously survived. Shortly after the incident, investigators concluded that Adams’ boyfriend – Chancellor’s father – was the mastermind behind the shooting. That man was former Carolina Panthers wideout Rae Carruth, who is currently serving 18 to 24 years at a North Carolina correctional facility. Tragically, Chancellor was left with cerebral palsy as a result of being deprived of oxygen in utero as his mother lay dying. In this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated collaboration, host Bryant Gumbel goes to Charlotte to revisit the tragedy that changed so many lives and provides a gripping account of how a young survivor has beaten the odds.
Producer: Chapman Downes.
*Think About Them. More than five years into the concussion crisis that plagues the American football landscape, everyone agrees on one thing: Fewer hits to the head is better for the health of the players. The NFL has drastically reduced the amount of time spent hitting in practice, intending to reduce collisions that can have lifetime impact; so has Pop Warner youth football, as well as many high schools nationwide. But one major sports organization has not: The NCAA. REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg uncovers troubling new research suggesting that the amount of brain trauma suffered in college is rewiring the brains of some of these student-athletes, making it difficult to fulfill their primary role as a student. In this expanded segment, he asks the question: What does this mean for tens of thousands of student-athletes playing college football?
Producer: Josh Fine.
*Blue Star Fallen. In May 2009, during a routine rookie mini-camp, the Dallas Cowboys’ indoor practice facility in Irving, Tex. collapsed during a wind and rain storm, leaving special teams coach Joe DeCamillis with a broken neck and scout Rich Behm paralyzed from the waist down. REAL SPORTS’ Jan. 2010 examination of the incident, which was nominated for an Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism, presented accounts from DeCamillis and Behm, an engineer who worked on the facility, and the president of the company that built the faulty structure. Now, correspondent Frank Deford returns to Texas to see what has happened to the people who were injured and to the company.
Producers: Jake Rosenwasser, David Scott.
REAL SPORTS has won the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times and has received 23 Sports Emmy® Awards overall. It is the only sports program ever honored with the duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism, having first been recognized in 2005. In January, REAL SPORTS received its second duPont Award, for a series of investigative reports on concussions, highlighted by the Aug. 2010 story revealing the scientific link between sports concussions and the onset of ALS. In April, the show received the Emmy® in the category of Outstanding Sports Journalism for Bernard Goldberg’s 2011 report on the college bowl game money trail.
The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.