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REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 203rd edition debuts TUESDAY, FEB. 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: Feb. 25 (2:20 a.m.) and 28 (11:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m.), and March 1 (midnight), 2 (8:00 a.m.), 5 (6:00 p.m., 3:00 a.m.), 10 (3:00 p.m.) and 15 (10:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Feb. 26 (1:00 p.m., 9:15 p.m.) and March 1 (12:45 p.m.), 6 (8:50 a.m., 5:45 p.m.), 9 (10:15 a.m.), 12 (12:20 a.m.) and 18 (1:00 a.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability: Feb. 26-March 17

Segments include:

*Kids & Guns. As the number of American households owning firearms steadily decreases and public acceptance of guns is tested with each high-profile incident of gun violence, America’s gun industry is under pressure like never before. The gun lobby understands the need to build the next generation of firearm consumers and gun supporters, and has begun actively marketing hunting and shooting sports to young children, a strategy endorsed by the National Rifle Association, firearms manufacturers and other interest groups supporting gun rights. With seven states having no minimum age for solo hunting and many others allowing it by children as young as ten, the target demographic is the very young. But some studies suggest that children this young are incapable of absorbing proper gun safety lessons and managing impulse control. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel meets with members on both sides of the hot-button issue.

Producer: Maggie Burbank.


*Larry Brown. At 73, Larry Brown is a true basketball legend. As a player, he was selected to three ABA all-star games, won an ABA championship and captured a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. As a coach, Brown won an NCAA title and Naismith College Coach of the Year award with the Kansas Jayhawks in 1988, and an NBA title and Coach of the Year award with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, making him the only head coach in history to win championships with both a college and pro team.

Over his 40-plus years in coaching, he has earned a reputation as a turnaround strategist who makes losing teams into winners. Now at the helm of Southern Methodist University, his 15th team (including the 2004 Olympic team), the New York-bred Brown has done it again. After years of losing in half-empty arenas, the Mustangs are entering the final stretch of an impressive season that has seen them nationally ranked for the first time in nearly three decades and packing the stands. REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel goes one-on-one with the Hall of Fame coach to find out what keeps him motivated.

Producer: Nick Dolin.


            *Hockey’s Darkest Day. On Sept. 7, 2011, Russia’s Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, one of the premier hockey teams in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), boarded a Soviet-era Yak-42 jet at a Yaroslavl airport to travel to a game in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. A few moments after lift-off, the chartered aircraft crashed about 500 yards from the runway, instantly killing 43 of the 45 passengers, including several NHL veterans. The model of the aircraft carrying the team had a long history of problems and the charter company has one of the worst air safety records in the world. Now, two years after the worst aviation disaster in professional sports history, REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated revisits the families and officials who were interviewed in HBO’s original segment in 2012 and correspondent Bernard Goldberg learns more about the latest developments in the KHL’s aviation safety protocol.

Producers: Nisreen Habbal, Josh Fine, Joe Perskie.


REAL SPORTS was the sole sports program recognized by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a 2012 George F. Peabody Award for broadcast excellence. In addition, it is the only sports program ever honored with two duPont Awards, first in 2005 and again in 2012.

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL debuted April 2, 1995 and has gone on to win the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times, receiving 25 Sports Emmy® Awards overall.

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The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

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