HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns with an all-new episode on TUESDAY, JULY 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The episode debuts on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
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July segments include:
- PHANATIC: Correspondent Mary Carillo details the inside story of the man behind the most beloved mascots in sports. Over 40 years ago, Dave Raymond created the Philly Phanatic, an electric-green muppet with a mischievous personality that made him a star. In the years since, Raymond has developed more than a hundred mascots across sports and business – bittersweet success born from personal struggles and heartrending devotion. Producer: Nisreen Habbal.
- BIRD BRAINS: Each year, more than a dozen teams set out to prove they are the best in the world at one of the most unusual competitions ever: bird watching. The eagle-eyed observers set out across the great state of New Jersey to participate in a contest lasting 24 consecutive hours. The team that spots and identifies the greatest number and variety of birds within that period is declared the winner with a grand prize of…zero dollars. In his first piece for Real Sports, Ariel Helwani reports. Producers: Chapman Downes/Evan Burgos.
- SUMO: Real Sports travels to Japan for a rare, behind-the-scenes look into the world of Sumo wrestling. Correspondent David Scott learns the ancient rules and traditions of the country’s 2000-year-old national treasure – and why some consider it the most demanding sport on the planet. Producer: Jordan Kronick.
The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.