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25 Amazing Sports Documentaries to Watch This Off-Season - VERSION 2

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Professional sports are on hold for the foreseeable future, but die-hard sports still have a lot of content options to choose from. In addition to catching re-broadcasts of old games or honing your skills in NBA 2K20, there are countless sports documentaries to explore. Whether you’re in the mood for a spotlight on a specific player or a breakdown of how certain country’s politics and its sports programs intertwine, 

Like any movie genre, there are a select few sports documentaries that stand head and shoulders above the competition. Some of the entries here, covering everything from soccer to international cycling, are even Oscar-winning features for best documentary. Put on your cheese heads and get the bean dip ready, ladies and gentlemen, because we have some films to check out.

What started out as director Bryan Fogel’s personal journey to game the doping system and perform better in a cycling race turns into one of the most ground-breaking sports documentaries ever made that pulls all professional and Olympic results into question. Fogel develops a close relationship with Russian doping scientist Grigory Rodchenkov, who instructs Fogel on how to take steroids over a year and pass a drug test, right as international investigations break the news of the Russian state-sponsored doping program and Rodchenkov’s central position in it. The Netflix original and Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature is full of twists and turns that will leave any fan of athletics or geopolitics thoroughly entertained.

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