I will admit it. One of my guilty pleasures is Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO. I'm not a sport guy, but their profiles are interesting examinations of individuals as they rise and fall, and of the business side of sports. The show introduces its 19th season this week, and promises Donald Trump, Red Bull, Diamond Dallas Page, and Andy Roddick as featured this season.
If you haven't yet checked out this series, take a look at these brief descriptions and video links for each segment And, watch the premiere of the 19th season TUESDAY, AUG. 20 at 9:00pm ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.
HBO Real Sports: Red Bull
Despite increasing competition in the energy drink market, Red Bull continues to dominate with sales exceeding 5.2 billion cans per year. Unlike most industry leaders, the company has largely avoided traditional advertising, focusing its marketing initiatives almost exclusively on sponsoring extreme athletes. Correspondent Jon Frankel examines how Red Bull’s unique marketing strategy has helped drive extreme sports from fringe appeal to mainstream notoriety. View preview here
HBO Real Sports: Diamond Dallas Page
Few athletes have a tougher life after sports than professional wrestlers. The fast lifestyle that accompanies year-round entertaining across the country can take its toll on bodies and minds. Diamond Dallas Page, famous for his success in the WCW and WWF, created DDP Yoga after finding that yoga helped ease not only his physical ailments but also his depression, and has striven to help others from his era, most notably Scott “Razor Ramon” Hall and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Correspondent Frank Deford sits down with the wrestlers to discuss how yoga has helped their lives in a way they never thought possible.View preview here
HBO Real Sports: Donald Trump
Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy. In 2008, the high-flying New York tycoon embarked on a mission to build one of the greatest luxury golf resorts in the world – along with hundreds of homes and condos, plus a hotel and conference center – near the city of Aberdeen on the historic northeast coast of Scotland. The project sparked serious opposition from locals who felt the venture would spoil their pristine coastline, but he broke ground in 2010 and opened Trump International Golf Links in July 2012.
Now Trump has a new fight on his hands, this time with the Scottish government, which plans to erect 600-foot wind turbines off the coast of his golf course in pursuit of clean energy, threatening the view of the North Sea from his newly minted resort. REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg reconnects with Trump and travels back to Scotland to see how others are reacting to the newest development in this ongoing saga. View preview here
HBO Real Sports: Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick, now 30, retired from tennis in Aug. 2012 after a fourth-round exit at the U.S. Open, where he captured his lone Grand Slam title in 2003. For the first time since 1973, when rankings began, there are currently no Americans in the Top 20 singles rankings for the male ATP World Tour. Meanwhile, the outspoken Roddick has found a niche in broadcasting, recently signing on to co-host “Fox Sports Live” on the newly established Fox Sports 1 network. In this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated collaboration, Roddick sits down with correspondent Mary Carillo on the eve of the 2013 U.S. Open to talk about his post-tennis endeavors and the state of the game they both love.