After workshopping the idea for five years, Gotham Chopra finally saw his Religion of Sports series debut in the fall of 2016 on the Audience Network. Its original six-episode run was a journey of the power of sports as passion – almost literally a religion for people on every continent on earth. Six more episodes followed a year later. Now, Chopra has pulled in Tom Brady and Michael Strahan as co-founders in Religion of Sports, the media company, and the team has bigger plans. In January, Tom vs. Time – an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the life of Tom Brady – debuted on Facebook Watch. Here, Chopra talks about the origins of Religion of Sports, some of his favorite moments and what lies ahead for the media business.
Q: Where did the idea behind Religion of Sportscome from?
Chopra: I feel like it’s my life! My parents were immigrants from India and I was the first of my family to be born outside of South Asia. I grew up in Boston and sports for me was sort of the classic cultural assimilation. My parents knew nothing about it and really only paid attention when I played sports in school. I totally bought into sports being such a fabric of the culture in the Northeast. I grew up a huge Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox fan.
The “religion” part really came out of my upbringing. My father was a Western-trained physician who came to the United States in […]