In large portions of the United States - and the world, for that matter - typical summer social gatherings will either be delayed or altogether cancelled in 2020 because of COVID-19. As we wait on the four major sports to return, 2020 may become the summer of the sports documentary.
ESPN's critically-acclaimed 10-part series "The Lance Dance," which focused on Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls, concluded Sunday. It's just the beginning of a summer full of potential exciting sports documentaries that will be presented in various different formats.
The worldwide leader will air part one of "LANCE" on Sunday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET. Part two will be shown at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 31. The documentary, which is part of ESPN's "30 for 30" family, will focus on the trials and tribulations during the life of controversial cycling icon Lance Armstrong:
In between the two parts of "LANCE," ESPN's E:60 series will return on Friday, May 29 with "Imperfect, The Roy Halladay Story." The film - set to air at 7 p.m. ET - will examine the traits that made Halladay a Hall of Fame pitcher, and how they also contributed to some of the late righty's demons:
On Sunday, June 7, ESPN will air another "30 for 30" entitled "Be Water." The film will dissect the life of martial arts icon Bruce Lee, and will continue the trend of 9 p.m. ET Sunday start times. No trailer has been released for this documentary yet.
Finally, "Long Gone Summer" will air at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 14. This "30 for 30" will allow you to relive the 1998 home run chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, which is credited with helping baseball to return to national prominence after the 1994 strike cut the season short and left the sport without a World Series winner. Of course, we've since learned quite a bit about the performance-enhancing drugs that played a part in the 1998 home run chase, so it will be interesting to see what tone the film takes. We're still waiting on a trailer for this documentary as well.
So, call 2020 the summer of the sports documentary. Any other names for this summer will probably be a lot less flattering.