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HBO Sports acquires doc exploring Bishop Sycamore football controversy

HBO Sports has picked up the television and streaming rights to a new feature documentary about the Bishop Sycamore high school football scandal and will debut the film on HBO ...
October 22, 2021

HBO Sports has picked up the television and streaming rights to a new feature documentary about the Bishop Sycamore high school football scandal and will debut the film on HBO and HBO Max in 2022.

The as-yet-untitled film is produced by Michael Strahan and Constance Schwartz-Morini‘s SMAC Entertainment, Adam McKay’s Hyperobject Industries, Boat Rocker’s Matador Content and The Athletic.

The documentary will tell the bizarre story of the Bishop Sycamore Centurions, a (presumed) high school football team from Columbus, Ohio that grabbed attention in a nationally televised game airing on ESPN that resulted in a 58-0 blowout. The result caused fans and football observers to question the legitimacy of the Bishop Sycamore program — including whether or not it was a real school —  as well as now-fired head coach Roy Johnson.

The film features exclusive access to Johnson (pictured), and will explore the Bishop Sycamore scandal and the disgraced coach’s background.

The untitled documentary is executive produced by Adam McKay and Todd Schulman for Hyperobject Industries; Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Morini and Ethan Lewis for SMAC Entertainment; Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and Jack Turner for Boat Rocker’s Matador Content; Alex Mather and Ankur Chawla for The Athletic; and Spencer Paysinger for Moore Street Productions.

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