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HBO Sports, Vox Media Studios team on sports docuseries “Level Playing Field”

HBO Sports and Vox Media Studios are partnering on the docuseries, Level Playing Field, which examines the dynamics that shape social inequality through the lens of sports. The four-part series explores ...
September 1, 2021

HBO Sports and Vox Media Studios are partnering on the docuseries, Level Playing Field, which examines the dynamics that shape social inequality through the lens of sports.

The four-part series explores a wide range of stories that highlight how public policies contribute to inequities in the realm of sports as well as the wider world, examining how massive global industries both in and out of sports have historically undercompensated athletes, politicized community initiatives and silenced the voices of athletes of color. The show will look at how legislation and activism intersect with the world of sports.

The series features interviews with WNBA’s Elizabeth Williams, U.S. senators Cory Booker and Raphael Warnock, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro and sports journalist Jemele Hill among others.

Episodes center on a “Midnight Basketball” program in Maryland launched in 1986; the increasingly controversial classification of “student-athletes” in the U.S. college sports system; the impact of U.S. immigration policies towards Central America on the horse racing industry; and the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream’s fight against voter suppression in Georgia.

Level Playing Field premieres on HBO on September 14, with half-hour episodes airing each Tuesday. The series will also be available to stream on HBO Max. It was produced by Vox and Vox Media Studios, executive produced by Mike Jacobs, Joe Posner, Emily Anderson, Chad Mumm, and Mark Olsen and co-executive produced by Mac Schneider and Marina Stadler.

Image: HBO/YouTube

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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