Best Sports Documentaries Streaming Online
Over the past couple of years, sports documentaries have started popping up all over major streaming services from Netflix and Amazon to BINGE and Stan. Whether it’s following teams as they strive for glory or unveiling a scandal that shakes a sport to its very foundations, the genre is never short of an edge of seat narrative. Here we’re going to look at the best sports documentaries available to watch and stream across a number of providers this month. Check out our recommendations below.
The Top 10 Sports Docos On Demand
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1. The Last Dance
This 10 part docuseries is a mesmerising insight into the 90s Chicago Bulls side that dominated the NBA from 1991 -1998. This famous team included the games biggest ever star, Michael Jordan, along with other greats of basketball like Scotty Pippen and Dennis Rodman. It features lengthy interviews with Jordan himself and those who worked alongside him to create arguably the greatest team in sports history. Watch The Last Dance with Netflix.
2. State Of Play: Inherent Violence
Is it possible that violence and sports go hand in hand? This documentary studies combat sports through two unique father-son relationships: an American professional MMA fighter training his young son, and in Italy, a former Calcio Storico player prepares his child to play in a very violent form of soccer. Watch State Of Play: Inherent Violence on Foxtel Now.
3. The Test – A New Era For Australia’s Team
After going through one of the biggest scandals in Australian sports history, the national cricket team faced a difficult, uncertain future. Cricket Australia appointed a new coach in Justin Langer and a new captain in Tim Payne. This intriguing docuseries follows Justin and Tim as they try to restore pride and trust in the Aussie test cricket team, by creating a squad capable of retaining the Ashes in England. Stream the whole season for free with Amazon Prime’s 30 day free trial offer.
4. Chasing Tyson
Evander Holyfield dominated the Cruiserweight division before stepping up to Heavyweight. But he knew that the only way he would gain respect was to take on a certain ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. This documentary, a part of ESPN’s 30 For 30 series, follows Holyfield’s attempts to get to Tyson in the ring to make on of the biggest fights of the century. Watch Chasing Tyson for free with Kayo 14 day free trial.
5. Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes
This documentary feature film uses Mohammad Ali’s many appearances on The Dick Cavett Show from 1968 – 1979 to give a fantastic perspective of one of the best boxers of all time. Ali may have been a huge presence in the ring, but he was also very good at making himself heard out of it. Ali used his appearances as a platform to discuss subjects that he battled throughout his career, such as racial prejudice, religion and political injustice. The film confirms how Ali became much bigger than boxing, and even sport. Watch Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes on Foxtel Now.
The story of the lost controversial cyclist of all time is so enthralling that ESPN had to tell it over two episodes. Lance Armstrong rocked the cycling world after beating testicular cancer to become a 7-time Tour De France Champion. Doping was rife within the sport at the time, and for many years Armstong denied that he was using performance-enhancing drugs. But that all changed when he came clean live on Oprah. Watch how it all unfolded with Kayo’s free 14 day trial.
7. Fanning: Lightning Strikes Thrice
In 2013, Mick Fanning only needed to make it to the semi finals at Pipe to become a three-time World Champion. This documentary not only shows what happened on that memorable day but also shows Mick’s scintillating form throughout the year on some of the world’s best waves. Watch Fannin: Lightning Strikes Thrice for free with Kayo 14 day free trial.
8. Rodman: For Better Or Worse
Dennis Rodman was one of the NBA’s most extrovert stars during his playing days when he won 5 NBA championships with the Pistons and the Bulls. This documentary taps perfectly into this complex man, who often made as many headlines off the court as on it. Watch Rodman: For Better Or Worse with Kayo’s free 14 day trial.
Jack Brabham is still the only person ever to have claimed both the Driver’s and Constructor’s titles in F1 thanks to the fact he built his own cars. Such a feat, however, came at a cost. The relationship between Jack and his youngest son David became strenuous, with both men stubborn and determined to do things their own way. This documentary explores the stories of both men, and how their family name represented the best in F1 in an era that included the likes of Ferrari, Lotus and Maserati.
Outcry is a five-part docuseries that explores the extraordinary story of high school football player Greg Kelley, a young man accused of sexually abusing a young boy. After Kelley is sentenced to 25 years in prison with no parole, big questions are raised about the grounds of his conviction and a quest to overturn it begins. Watch Outcry now on Stan.
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