9 sensational sports shows, documentaries and movies to stream
It takes more than blood, sweat and tears to be a lit global sport icon. F1, basketball, rugby, soccer – you name the sport and there’s a doccie for you to stream to your device. Whether you’re looking for inside tips on lifting your game or inspiration for your life, these top sport stories will fit the bill.
Schumacher – Netflix
What happens when the biggest name in Formula 1 suffers a near-fatal skiing accident? Michael Schumacher hasn’t been seen since 2013 and more people know the ingredients to Coca-Cola than his current condition. He’s been a hero, a villain, a ruthless athlete and one of the greatest motorsport stars the world will ever see.
So what made him tick when he took corners at 300kph and forced his competitors off the track? Everyone from his rivals, like Damon Hill and Mika Hakkinen, to his former manager Willi Weber and team principal Flavio Briatore reveal what turned Michael from decent driver into iconic superstar. See MS through the eyes of his friends and most importantly, his wife Corinna, F1 driver son Mick and daughter Gina-Maria. We dare you not to cry when Corrina talks about him now and her need to protect him the way he protected their family.
Tiger Woods’s personal life has become the round he’d rather forget. This two-episode doccie investigates golf’s most perfect player and how Tiger away from the 18 holes is anything but. Sure, he can drop a 3 iron from the rough to within 2ft, but he’s a recovering alcoholic who cheated on his baby-mamma, had to be pulled from a crashed car after being chased down the road by his wife, and most recently put his career on the line when he rolled his SUV.
It’ll also help you improve your game because even at two years old, Mini Tiger had better form than you’ll have in your life.
Screwball – Netflix
Doping in sports isn’t dope. Steroids, cocaine, EPO, blood doping… take your pick – you’re still a deadbeat cheat who’ll be hung out to dry when you’re caught. Doccie filmmaker Billy Corben investigates Major League Baseball’s inability to shake itself from ’roid users and abusers who’ve slide past home base for years while juiced up.
Everyone from homerun-hitting machine Mark McGwire to angelic-do-no-wrong Alex Rodriguez has taken stuff to be better than the next guy and they’ve been exposed, along with their enablers who swap stash for cash and even run private doping clinics that pose as medical rehabs so no one investigates them. Busted!
Think that the mental stress and strain of being an Olympic athlete is tough? Catch up with legendary US swimmer Michael Phelps and US figure skater Gracie Gold as they reveal the real brain-breaker: when the competitions end, the cameras stop flashing, the fans stop asking for autographs and you’re just a “former” athlete.
Being a pleb isn’t easy when you’re used to life as a celeb and the gold medals hanging on the wall are from when you used to matter.
Untold: Malice at the Palace – Netflix
Forget boxing’s Rumble In The Jungle – in November 2004, an NBA match between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons turned into a slugfest between fans and players.
This five-part doccie looks at how on-the-court aggression between the ballers went into overdrive in overtime and their supporters took things into their own hands and threw punches, kicks and even chairs at the opposition.
The Day Sport Stood Still – Showmax
Video killed the radio star, Covid-19 killed the athlete in 2020. This doccie reveals the uncertainty faced by athletes around the world as the global pandemic swept in and events were cancelled, fans were banned from stadiums, and matches were accompanied by fake spectators’ cheers played through the stadium speakers.
It also lifts the lid on how NBA and WNBA stars in particular used the break and returned to the court to highlight social causes like Black Lives Matter.
Bokke are best! This five-part doccie goes inside the 2019 Rugby World Cup championship as the Springboks go from written off in 2018 with shocking form, to lifting the William Webb-Ellis trophy in Japan in 2019. It’s not pretty – there’s a lot of horrible memories you’ll relive as coach Rassie Erasmus and his captain Siya Kolisi plot the team’s climb back to the top of the world rankings.
Check out the interviews as players, coaches and wives talk about the race to become World Champs. BOOOOOOKKE!
Kobe: The Life of a Legend – Showmax
There are legends and then there are LEGENDS. Kobe Bryant is an OG baller, probably the best the business will ever see. His life was cut short when he, his daughter Gianna and a few friends died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.
But what remains is what he did on the basketball court and that is being champion. Family, friends and rivals reveal what made Kobe “the man” in the game, how he relentlessly trained on basics and how he could turn a game on its head in the last quarter.
Athletes should trust their coaches, trainers and medical professionals. But Dr Larry Nassar – an 18-year veteran as personal physician to the US National Gymnastics team – was a sex predator who preyed on hundreds of young girls, teens and women and abused them not only physically, but left them with emotional scars that took years to deal with.
This doccie reveals how his victims took back their names and strength, and exposed Larry and his fellow monsters for the abusers they really are.
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SuperSport celebrated a milestone on 1 October, when the popular Blitz channel (channel 200 on DStv) turned 15.
The short-form news, highlights and update channel has evolved into a world-class sports destination that has become must-see TV for sport fans across Africa.
The channel reaches every DStv and GOtv home across the continent, with its vibrant mix of breaking news, announcements, score updates, reviews and previews proving a winner for those seeking a regular sport fix.
Blitz is live for 15–18 hours daily, which includes multiple Sky Sports News bulletins. Apart from its traditional linear broadcast, Blitz bulletins are uploaded as podcasts on IONO and will also feature three bulletins on Showmax: 7am, 1pm and 2pm Monday to Friday).