STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

By Jef Dinsmore on Sep 22, 2014 to Documentaries, HBO Sports

StateOfPlayStraight from an HBO Press Release comes news of additional episodes of the sports documentary series STATE OF PLAY. HBOWatch announced the creation of that series and since only one report has aired. That piece, STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS, was reviewed. Now, here is a look at what is ahead.  

HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg (pictured) and Sarah Aubrey team up again for four innovative documentaries from the acclaimed STATE OF PLAY franchise, debuting Tuesdays in prime time for four consecutive weeks starting TUESDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.


STATE OF PLAY: CULTURE SHOCK, the first new film in the topical series, begins with a 30-minute cinéma vérité documentary that explores how the National Football League, America’s most popular sports organization, is confronting its biggest challenge: making the game safer. This compelling film chronicles the physical toll the game takes on its players, a subject that has taken center stage at all levels of the sport over the past two years. How does the sport of football survive and thrive with long-term injuries piling up and lawsuits being filed at courthouses? The special features unprecedented access to the halls of the NFL and its Players Association, gathering viewpoints from football’s business leaders and fans.  Following the documentary, Peter Berg sits down with NFL Commissioner People_RogerGoodellRoger Goodell  (pictured) for an exclusive 20-minute one-on-one interview.


The other three STATE OF PLAY shows debut subsequent Tuesdays – Nov. 18, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 – at the same time, with topics to be announced when confirmed. Presented by Film 44 and HBO Sports, STATE OF PLAY takes on complex and multi-layered themes in sports, exploring their relationship to larger society. Each edition spotlights a topic or person whose impact on the contemporary sports world is undeniable, opening with a brief overview, followed by a cinéma vérité documentary and concluding with an in-depth roundtable discussion that includes the filmmakers, subjects and guest experts. Berg serves as moderator of the panel discussion.


Ken Hershman, president of HBO SPORTS is quoted as saying “STATE OF PLAY launched with an exceptional ‘Trophy Kids’ presentation last December, and we are eager for HBO subscribers to watch this intriguing and engaging new collection of films from Peter Berg and his talented producers. Peter and his team dig deep for compelling stories that are contemporary, strike a chord and spark discussion.”


 “State of Play: Trophy Kids,” which debuted in Dec. 2013, earned rave reviews for its penetrating report on the growing obsession many parents have with the scholastic athletic performance of their children. Variety wrote, “Going beyond X’s and O’s and wins and losses, HBO Sports’ ‘State of Play’ brings much-needed reflection and a wider lens to the sports universe — tackling a particular topic in a cinema-verite-style documentary.” New York’s Daily News observed, “Director Peter Berg delivers a compelling look at how parents put too much pressure on children’s sports,” while the Washington Times said, “As tough as it is to watch, it should be required viewing for every adult involved in youth sports: parents, coaches, educators, and concerned family and friends.”  


“State of Play: Trophy Kids” will have an encore play Tuesday, Oct. 7 (6:30-7:30p.m.) on HBO. The new editions of STATE OF PLAY will also be available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO.  

It is great to have this sport documentary series continue and this HBOWatch writer hopes to review each installment as they come along. Be attentive to this site for this and other exciting HBO Sports news.


  • I dare you to tell me diff

    DeAr hbo. I was sickened and disgusted by your expose, on the ex football players lost after the game. It is sick that tiki barber a person that has had the amazing opportunity and basically won the lottery of life, you have created a pity pool for people to percieve theze players as victims when they are the most successful people in the world. I dont give a shit how unhappy they are. At least they had Some happiness in their lives and continue to have opportunities because of who they are. Most people..our CHILDREN who
    Look up to these whiny peices of trash, are shameful at the least. The segment about tiki barber talking about how he felt lost because he cldnt conform and lost his ABC segment just further shows that those same emotions happen to people that are not atheletes. I hide from my friends and society also! But i dare u to tell me that just because he can catch a ball he is more imprtant than anyone!!! The part about brett farve made damn sure to let everyone know he isnt getting paid to coach HS football is just halarious. Why in the hell shld he be paid????? He is volunteering and to let everyone know thT fact just shows how fake and sixk his motives are. How dare you post this piece! I had repsect fir hbo but now i see you are just a whore to the nfl bullshit and the whiny sad ness that you see because your sports documentary person has i teractions with nfl ayers what a shocker! Amd this is a piece for children??? The chdren that increasingly diony get a chamce tonplay if their parents at a young age are not the coach amd the friends of
    The coach. The children thAt have
    To endure tauntinh and harrassment, even at the young age of 7 amd 8 !!! Dont even get me started on soccer! My children i encouraged in these games and i see what the sickent tred has become. So don’t sit there hbo and cry for these players and act like its a segment for kids! Thats worse! see now that we have no true hope in our socitey and someday you will see that the true issues r on the street and you will be overtaken trust me. Ill never watch your sration ever again
    Goid bye aholes that r too rich to see real problems from pity

    • Jef Dinsmore

      1. You haven’t reached HBO with this posting as we are not affiliated with it.

      2. It was difficult to read and understand your point.

      3. HBOWatch will be reviewing it shortly. Look for it.

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