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Religion of Sports

Religion of Sports

  • Premiered: 
    November 15, 2016
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  • Network: AT&T/DirecTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan & Gotham Chopra 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
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Plot Synopsis

Created by New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, and filmmaker Gotham Chopra, RELIGION OF SPORTS is a one-hour sports documentary series that celebrates the transcendent power of sports by examining unique examples where specific sports profoundly influence societies and cultures in a manner that extends far beyond merely entertainment value. In this series, viewers experience the pilgrimage that hundreds of thousands of fans make to NASCAR events to witness men and machines making miracles, the exploration of man's dominion over the earth and the animals at the Calgary Stampede, and the cult-like rise of UFC and mixed martial arts fighting because of its raw and primordial action.
Season 2 of RELIGION OF SPORTS premiered on Wednesday, November 15 at 9pm ET/PT on AT&T Audience Network. The new season kicks off with "Here to Stay," the story of soccer team FC Lampedusa. International refugees now living in Hamburg, Germany's St. Pauli district make up most of the team. This episode details the social responsibility the club feels for its city and members. It also bridges sports with an important, relevant social issue -- immigration. The team and its fans regularly take their passion beyond the field by participating in protests against social injustices to bring about change. Subsequent episodes of the second season chronicle the following stories:

"Through the Darkness" (Wednesday, November 22): Follow the powerful journey of three inmates at San Quentin. Each seeks hope and redemption by redefining their lives through the prison's baseball program.

"Hold Fast" (Wednesday, November 29): Features American rock climber and mountaineer Conrad Anker and his mentee, a cancer survivor named Alex Wildman, as they attempt to scale El Capitan in Yosemite, California.

"Disciples" (Wednesday, December 6): Profiles Peter Westbrook, an Olympic medalist who went on to open the Peter Westbroook Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, to bring fencing to the inner city and underserved communities.

"Follow that Line" (Wednesday, December 13): Follows bicyclist Sarah Cooper as she attempts to break a time record in completing RAAM's Race Across America. The single-stage, ultra-cycling race starts in Oceanside, California and ends in Annapolis, Maryland.

"Gods of War" (Wednesday, December 20): In New Zealand, every boy dreams of joining national rugby team the All Blacks, a team that strives to embrace Maori culture. For young Maori student Pou Sorensen, making the team would be an achievement of both personal and cultural significance.