Monthly Archives: October 2017

Kobe Bryant: The Man Behind The Jerseys

When Kobe Bryant ended his legendary NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016, he had quite a few wins, records and honors to his name.

As a five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star selection, Bryant wrapped up his career as the Lakers’ leader in points, games played, 3-pointers, steals and free throws. Bryant by the numbers is impressive, to say the least.

Come December, Bryant will be adding another record to the list: number of jerseys retired.

The Lakers recently announced that not one — but two — of Bryant’s jerseys will officially be retired when the Lakers play the Golden State Warriors on December 18, making him the first player in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same team.

During his 20 years spent with the Lakers, Bryant proved just what it takes to be a top athlete — a story that’s captured seamlessly in Showtime’s documentary, Kobe Bryant’s Muse. The documentary showcases the grit, determination and heart that led to a celebrated career and, more recently, two retired jerseys.

Kobe Bryant’s Musetakes fans beyond the stats and goes straight to the man himself, highlighting the beginnings of his relationship with basketball and the highs and lows of his career, from wins and injuries to mentors and daily rituals.

From the retiring of two Bryant jerseys to the tale told in Kobe Bryant’s Muse,”one thing is for sure: Whether Bryant was donning the number 8 or 24, his story is anything but ordinary and his influence is […]


Religion of Sports Season 2 Premieres November 15

The first season of Religion of Sports showcased the transcendental power of sports and how they impact societies across the globe. The second season, set to premiere November 15th, aims to do the same—but this time, we go even further across the globe. Bringing viewers back into the world of sports, season 2 showcases the power and prominence that sports have in impacting cultures, countries,  individuals, and identities.

Whether it’s the monumental moments on the field, the feeling you get working hard to compete, or the community built from watching your team play, the power of sports is an undeniable and unifying force, and the second season of Religion of Sports continues to tell these tales.

Catch a sneak peek at what’s in store for season 2 by checking out the trailer below, and be sure to tune in November 15th at 8pm ET/PT on AT&T AUDIENCE Network for the season premiere.


Why We Fight S1:E2 – Will vs. Skill

Zac embeds with two talented female MMA fighters on a collision course with each other. Jodie has incredible skills, the right gym, and the right coach. But DeAnna is fighting for something bigger- to honor her father’s memory, and change her life.


Getting in the Zone: How Michael Phelps and Other Top Athletes Prepare

In the summer of 2016, Michael Phelps left it all in the pool in his final Olympic performance. But debatably the most memorable image of Phelps from Rio was one outside of the pool – the image of him sitting stone-faced, hood up and headphones on, as long-time competitor Chad le Clos of South Africa shadowboxed directly in front of him. The viral image speaks volumes of the competitors, but lays out even more clearly one of sport’s most intriguing elements: how athletes prepare for their moment.

There’s a lot to be said about the days and months leading up to competition; the strict diets followed and intense schedules are almost as impressive as the athletes’ incredible performances. Each athlete seems to have their unique and often superstitious response to the pressure of competition.

Take Michael Phelps for example. The swimmer-savant slaps his back with his arm swing three times before every meet. Four time NBA MVP and Cleveland Cavaliers legend LeBron James tosses chalk into the air. Field Hockey player Alex Danson spins her hockey stick 15 times before each game. We see it in each and every sport, these athletes are committed to their routine that helps amp them up to dominate the game.

Do these rituals work? Experts say yes, but mainly for the internal shift they give you. Sticking to a ritual gives the athlete the confidence and feeling of control that they often need to succeed at the highest level.

These […]


Variety Spotlights Ronda Rousey’s ‘Why We Fight’

“Why We Fight,” will premiere on Verizon’s Go90 at the end of the month. The docu-series is executive produced by UFC’s first female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and produced by Religion of Sports and Dirty Robber. The eight episode story follows young boxer Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman as he travels the world, connecting with other fighters and learning what motivates them to step into the ring.

As Variety reports, Wohlman grew up in the San Fernando Valley and developed a drug addition, which he continues to challenge himself to overcome. He sets off to heal himself through boxing during the series, starting in Tijuana, Mexico in the first episode.

The series is comprised of eight 45-minute episodes that will be released on Go90, Verizon’s free video service, starting October 18th. Watch it here.