Great Sporting Stories To Screen On Māori Television

Starting Thursday, October 24 at 8.30pm, the channel will screen 20 documentaries, each one focusing on a particular story or moment in sporting history, usually told from the perspective of the sports star or personality involved at the time.

Māori Television general manager of programming Haunui Royal says the acquisition of the ESPN documentaries shows the broadcaster’s commitment to quality documentary-making.

“At Māori Television we are passionate about providing quality documentaries for all New Zealanders,” he says. “This series of sporting stories illustrates all that we love about sports - the passion, drama and intrigue.”  

The line-up explores topics including Muhammad Ali’s preparations to win back the World Heavyweight Title, how Canadian ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky was signed to play for the Los Angeles Kings and how gangster rap is forever linked to Oakland Raiders.

The new Thursday documentaries replace Māori Television’s popular sports chat show CODE, which finishes for the season tonight.