Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is a monthly sports news magazine on HBO that debuted on April 2, 1995. The show was 'spawned by the fact that sports have changed dramatically, that it's no longer just fun and games, and that what happens off the field, beyond the scores, is worthy of some serious reporting,' according to Bryant Gumbel, the host. Each episode has four stories, all of which are about society and sports, famous athletes, or problems afflicting sports. The show also has investigative reports, interviews, and interesting stories that don't necessarily occur in the professional leagues. This show goes beyond traditional sports reporting, like box scores and statistics, and presents exclusive stories that other networks don't usually cover. Real Sports was the inspiration for two other HBO shows, On the Record with Bob Costas and Costas Now. Reporters include Mary Carillo, Bernard Goldberg, Frank Deford, Armen Keteyian, Andrea Kramer, Jon Frankel.
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