New Wave of "30 for 30" Will Feature Jim Valvano, Dan Marino and John Elway

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 30, 2013

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Photo Credit: ADimeBack

If there is one thing that we can't get enough of on our televisions, it's 30 for 30 documentaries.

ESPN is telling some wonderful stories in their next slate of programming, including Jimmy Valvano's championship run and the NFL Draft that featured two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. 

ESPN's press release promises two fantastic episodes that will have us back on the couch, reliving some watershed moments in sports history. 

The next wave of captivating sports history begins on March 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. 


Survive and Advance

The fun starts with Survive and Advance. 

Directed by Jonathan Hock, Survive and Advance will dive into NC State's 1983 NCAA Tournament Championship—the one began with an improbable must-win ACC Title. 

Sports Business Daily reminds us that this documentary airs, "just after the NCAA Tournament bracket is unveiled," making the timing of this program perfect to satiate our piqued hunger for all things college basketball. It makes sense to premiere a documentary covering one of the most amazing championship runs of the tournament. 

You can expect a great deal of cheers and tears while watching this documentary, which will no doubt touch upon Valvano's untimely death at the hands of cancer, nearly ten years after shocking the world at the NCAA Tournament. 


Elway to Marino

Next in line will be Elway to Marino, a documentary directed by Ken Rodgers that airs on Tuesday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

If you thought the recent NFL Draft was heavy on star quarterbacks, this documentary will remind you that the 1983 Draft, which that saw six QBs taken in the first-round, including two of the best to ever play the game, featured some formidable  stars of its own.   

You will also see the frantic behind-the-scenes dealings that took place in what was one of the most manic drafts in history. 


From there, watch for the release of the next full slate of programs, 30 for 30 Vol. II, scheduled for October, when the series will continue to feature some of the best sports history stories ever.  

At that time, clear your schedules and watch some must-see documentaries. 


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