No matter what sports you follow or streaming services you use, there are plenty of quality sports documentaries to get you through your holiday break. Here are just a few.
Congratulations, you’ve almost made it! In just a few days, that wondrous holiday break will be upon us, and you just might have some free time on your hands. But as you sit in front of the TV, exploring the endless menu of options to keep you occupied, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
There’s something about sports that makes for great storytelling, and it’s certainly captured on the screen. Through docs ranging from football to figure skating, the staff here at Boardroom has compiled the best of the best in sports documentaries. So, look below, find one (or several) that interest you, and hit play. You can thank us later.
Boardroom’s Favorite Sports Documentaries
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
I am not a sports documentary girlie, but I did enjoy “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” on Netflix. The three-part series is a detailed recount of Hernandez’s life, from his childhood to his journey to the NFL to his murder conviction and eventual death. It was interesting to watch how much football influenced his life and kept him in check a bit. — Michelai Graham
The Price of Gold
This ESPN 30 for 30 series examines the details that led to the infamous 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan. It features commentary from Tonya Harding and delivers key moments to help piece the story together for the viewer. It’s a must-watch for any figure skating fan or sports enthusiast with a penchant for drama. — Vinciane Ngomsi
If you’re a tennis fan, “Break Point” on Netflix is what you’ve wanted for years. A sport in need of showcasing its players during non-majors finally tapped the “Drive To Survive” creators and gave fans an inside look at the pressures of a global tour and the constant stress of a singles competitor to compete at the highest level. — Shlomo Sprung
I couldn’t care less about soccer, and from a sonic standpoint, I think the Spice Girls’ best work is behind them. That said, I was absolutely enthralled by the David Beckham series on Netflix. While I was aware of Becks over the course of his ascent, I was tied to the other football and never gave his wave much thought. Despite the distance, the docuseries made me a fan on so many levels.
Few true icons can provoke perspective on some of the most audacious moments while still having the charm and humility to speak on their highlights and lowlights deeply. Definitely watch it even if futbol isn’t your preferred spice but be prepared for your eBay watchlist to be flooded with Man U kits and archival Adidas jackets. — Ian Stonebrook
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