30 for 30 is a series of documentaries aired by ESPN on different sports-related topics from history. They typically provide viewers with more insight into the subject of the film.
30 for 30 is the umbrella title for a series of documentaries airing on ESPN and its sister networks. The first volume, which premiered in October 2009 and concluded in December 2010, chronicles 30 stories from the 'ESPN era,' each of which detail the issues, trends, people, teams, or events that transformed the sports landscape since the sports network was founded in 1979. Additional films that were not released in the first series premiered in March 2011 under the title, ESPN Films Presents:. A second volume of films was announced to start in October 2012 under the 30 for 30 name. The idea for the series began with ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons, who wanted feature filmmakers to recount the sports stories, people, and events from the past 3 decades which they (1) took a personal interest or involvement in, however great or small, and (2) felt hadn't been fully explored.