New 30 for 30 episodes and ‘The Last Dance’
Sure, we’re on the brink of MLB, NBA and even NHL games coming back this summer.
But make no mistake, there’s going to be some waiting. And if you’re that certain kind of sports fan that doesn’t like waiting, then ESPN and ESPN+ is where to turn.
On the live TV front, UFC 250 is coming to ESPN+ featuring Nunes vs Spencer on June 6.
The Last Dance, the nonfiction series about Michael Jordan and The Chicago Bulls. And the latest segments of 30 for 30 have delivered as must-watch TV.
Guess what? You can still watch all of the above on the ESPN app or ESPN+.You just need to know where to go.
All 10 episodes of “The Last Dance” are on ESPN3, which lives within the ESPN app. It’s not clear how long the Michael Jordan docu-series will stick around. You’ll need a way to authenticate the ESPN app through a cable TV provider, or by subscribing to a live TV streaming service.
There are three new “30 for 30” segments that are hitting either ESPN, then going straight to ESPN+ after. A subscription to ESPN+ only costs $4.99 per month — about the same as a movie rental. Instead of paying for a one-off flick, you’re getting a lot more to watch inside the ESPN app.
Here is the latest schedule on where they are available.
When is UFC 250?
- Main Card: Nunes vs Spencer
- When: Saturday, June 6
- Time: 10 PM ET
- Live Stream: on ESPN app using ESPN+ & PPV
Quick Stats: Amanda “Lioness” Nunes vs Felicia “Feenom” Spencer
Nunes is the current UFC double champion. She was Female Fighter of the Year in 2016, 2018, and 2019. And 16 of her 19 wins by were by knockout or submission.
Spencer is a former Invicta FC Featherweight champion, blackbelt in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu and Taekwondo. Both of Spencer’s UFC wins were 1st round submissions. Her only loss was a decision to Cris Cyborg.
You can sign up for an ESPN+ and PPV bundle to watch the fight.
How to watch “LANCE” 30 for 30 series
Part 1 and 2: Stream on ESPN+
Based around extensive interviews and conversations with Lance Armstrong, LANCE is a four-hour film that tells the story of the cyclist’s rise out of Texas as a young superstar cyclist. It chronicles his harrowing battle with testicular cancer; his recovery and emergence as a global icon with his seven consecutive Tour de France titles.
The film takes on his massive fall after he was exposed in one of the largest doping scandals in history.
Armstrong, along with a collection of family, teammates, friends, rivals, and journalists, all reflect on his story. LANCE creates a fascinating character study, capturing a unique chapter of sports history, and insisting the audience make its own interpretations about the many different sides of a complex saga.
From acclaimed director Marina Zenovich, LANCE is a fascinating, revealing, comprehensive, chronicle of one of the most inspirational – and then infamous – athletes of all time.
How to Watch “Be Water” 30 for 30 series
Premieres Sun., June 7, 9 pm ET on ESPN, then streams on ESPN+
In 1971, after being rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to his parents’ homeland, Hong Kong.
Over the next two years, he’d complete four iconic films that would define his legacy. His life was cut short, stunningly, in the summer of 1973. He was 32 years old.
“Be Water” is a gripping, fascinating, intimate look at not just those final, defining years of Lee’s life, but the complex, often difficult, and seismic journey that led to Lee’s ultimate emergence as a singular icon in the histories of film, martial arts, and even the connection between the eastern and western worlds.
The film chronicles Lee’s earliest days, as the son of a Chinese opera star born while his father was on tour in San Francisco, and then raised in Hong Kong over what became an at times troubled childhood.
Sent to live in America at the age of 18, he began teaching Kung Fu in Seattle. He established a following that included his future wife, Linda. His ambition ever rising, Lee eventually made his way to Los Angeles, where he strove to break into American film and television.
Despite some success as a fight choreographer and actor, it was clear Hollywood wasn’t ready for an Asian leading man. And so he returned to Hong Kong to make the films that would in fact make him a legend, his international star skyrocketing just as his life was cut short.
“Be Water” is told entirely by the family, friends, and collaborators who knew Bruce Lee best, with an extraordinary trove of archive film providing an evocative, immersive visual tapestry that captures Lee’s charisma, his passion, his philosophy, and the eternal beauty and wonder of his art.
How to Watch “Long Gone Summer” 30 for 30 series
Premieres Sun., June 14, 9 pm ET on ESPN, then streams on ESPN+
It was one of the most memorable and significant seasons in the history of baseball. In the summer of 1998, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Mark McGwire and the Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa embarked on a chase of one of the game’s most hallowed records
The drama, excitement, and results would be remembered for generations. If we only knew then just how complex our feelings about it all would eventually become.
In ESPN’s new 30 for 30 film “Long Gone Summer,” director AJ Schnack takes viewers back to the landmark 1998 baseball season.
Its tremendous highlights, massive impact, and undeniable complications.
Featuring in-depth interviews with both McGwire and Sosa, talking at length for the first time in over two decades, the intimate portrait carries viewers through every twist and turn of the sluggers’ historic chase of Roger Maris’s iconic record of 61 home runs in a single season.
With a musical score composed by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, a St. Louis-area native and current Chicago resident, the film is a journey back through time that recalls how seismic and emotional the story was – even as the legitimacy of the accomplishments at its center would later be called into question.
Inside 30 for 30
A new studio show, Inside 30 for 30, exclusively on ESPN+
Inside 30 for 30, is a deep-dive, roundtable discussion providing historical context and analytical takes with a diverse line-up of hosts and interviewees tangentially associated with the 30 for 30 films: ‘Lance’, ‘Be Water’ and ‘Long Gone Summer’
Each episode of Inside 30 for 30 will premiere on ESPN+ immediately after each respective 30 for 30. Here’s the schedule if you want to check it out.
Inside 30 for 30 LANCE debuted May 31 on ESPN+
Inside 30 for 30 Be Water premieres June 7 on ESPN+ at 11PM ET
Inside 30 for 30 Long Gone Summer premieres June 14 on ESPN+ at 11PM ET