The stirring ESPN 30 for 30 Soccer Stories documentary Hillsborough received critical acclaim upon its airing earlier this year, including by us here at Awful Announcing. That piece of amazing film making has been rewarded with a Primetime Emmy nomination for “Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking”, along with PBS’s The Amish: Shunned, HBO’s Life According To Sam, and Netflix’s Brave Miss World.
Although Hillsborough was about a tragic event, the documentary was extremely well done and opened a lot of people’s eyes to the horrible event and the disgusting aftermath. While the documentary won’t bring back the 96, I think it did a great job of memorializing them while also damning the corruption that plagued the following investigation.
It’s great to see ESPN’s documentaries getting more mainstream attention. 30 for 30 has been one of the best projects that ESPN has rolled out in recent years, and this honor will hopefully inspire the Worldwide Leader to keep investing resources into creating these amazing sports documentaries, covering topics that casual sports fans might be clueless about.