In a recent announcement, AT&T confirmed the debut of an original documentary series, titled as “Religion of Sports” on Audience Network. This series is mainly focused on sports lovers and it will be about the cultural and spiritual impact of sports in different regions of the world.
“Religion of Sports” will be available to both AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV packages and it is scheduled to premiere on November 15, 2016 at 08:00 p.m. This sports documentary series is co-created by Tom Brady, Gotham Chopra, and Michael Strahan.
The executive producers of “Religion of Sports” are Bart Peters, Christopher Long, Constance Schwartz-Morini, Chris Uettwiller, and Martin Desmond Roe. The first season will feature six original one hour-long episodes, and will focus on unique examples, where sports events influenced cultures and societies.
Brady said, “I’ll never forget watching The Catch in Candlestick Park with my dad. I was four years old, in awe of it all. In a lot of ways, I’ve dedicated my life to replicating that feeling. Now, playing on the same stage as my childhood idols, I’m fortunate to have a pretty unique perspective on football and the sports world. I can think of no better vehicle than ‘Religion of Sports’ to share some of what I’ve learned and dig a little deeper into that feeling, the sort of spiritual experience that sports creates for players and fans alike.”
Strahan said, “Growing up in Germany, I never imagined myself to be a professional athlete. At that point, I was a professional fan. Watching the reaction of the country when Germany won the World Cup back in 1990 showed another level of fandom that I had never seen. Sports can be that void that brings everyone together regardless of any barriers – socio-economic standing, race and religion. To be a part of this project, ‘Religion of Sports,’ brings full circle the things that I have learned as a child without even knowing that in some ways, I was having a religious experience. ‘Religion of Sports’ will be the bridge that connects the passion of religion with the passion of sports.”
Chopra added, “Religion of Sports is the nexus of everything I love – sports, spirituality, and media. Not only do I believe sports is a religion since they allow us to witness life’s most profound and defining principles – success, failure, overcoming adversity, self-sacrifice and human achievement – playing out before our eyes, I think sports is the best religion because it’s constantly unfolding. And to be able to work on this series with iconic athletes like Michael and Tom, my incredibly talented production team and the AUDIENCE Network, is the most exciting thing I’ve ever tackled creatively.”