New edition of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL debuts Nov. 26
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New edition of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL debuts Nov. 26

Episode Examines Huwe Burton’s Journey From Wrongful Conviction To The NYC Marathon; Profiles Timberwolves Coach Ryan Saunders; Probes The Rise In Injuries In Youth Sports; And Revisits The Story Of Amy Van Dyken

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, with a record 19 Sports Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Sports Journalism, presents more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 272nd edition debuts TUESDAY, NOV. 26 at a special time (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The show is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

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Segments include:

*Huwe Burton. Over the course of two decades, Huwe Burton ran in a prison yard while serving a sentence for a crime he did not commit. In 1989, Burton, then 16, walked into his home in the Bronx and found his mother stabbed to death, and became the primary suspect immediately thereafter. After being pressured by detectives, Burton confessed to the crime, and despite recanting his false confession, he spent 19 years behind bars. Burton insisted on his innocence for years, dreaming of one day running a marathon as a free man. Finally, in January 2019, Burton was exonerated with help of the Innocence Project, and recently fulfilled his longstanding goal by completing the New York City Marathon. Bryant Gumbel reports.

Producer: Beret Remak.

*Youth Sports Injuries. The professionalization of youth sports pushes more kids than ever before to train year-round in a single sport. And with that pressure has ignited an epidemic across the country – a spike in overuse injuries and orthopedic surgeries performed on children as young as eight. Correspondent Jon Frankel reports on the uptick, such as ACL tears and stress fractures, and how they are hampering children’s future health at an early age. 

Producer: Nick Dolin.

*Ryan Saunders. At 33, Ryan Saunders, the youngest head coach in the NBA, is trying to do what many experts think is impossible – lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to their first Western Conference Finals since 2004, when the team was coached by Ryan’s idol, mentor and best friend, the late Flip Saunders. With the help of his mother, Debbie, and future wife, Hayley, Ryan rallied following his father’s tragic death in 2015, and eventually succeeded him as head coach. Now, he’s determined to honor the man who taught him everything he knows about the game. Andrea Kremer reports. 

Producer: Chapman Downes.

*Amy Van Dyken (Revisit). Five years after suffering a devastating injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down, Amy Van Dyken is dominating the relatively new sport of adaptive CrossFit. On a quest to become the best in the world, Van Dyken tells correspondent David Scott it’s a journey that has restored her confidence and has made her so strong that she can now perform a host of everyday tasks she once thought were impossible from a wheelchair.

Producer: Katie Melone.

REAL SPORTS received in May the 2019 Sports Emmy® Award for Outstanding Sports Journalism. In total, REAL SPORTS has been honored with the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports News Anthology five times in the past seven years, capturing 34 Emmys® in 24 years overall.

The executive producers of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL are Peter Nelson, Rick Bernstein and Joe Perskie. 

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