SB Nation To Release First OTT Docuseries
SB Nation announced its first-ever OTT production, Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi, and will be available at once on Monday, May 30th, on Verizon’s Go90 platform. The new docuseries takes a clear-eyed look at the shadowy economy that fuels southern college football over four, 25-minute episodes.
“This is an exciting moment for SB Nation as we expand our award-winning journalism into different platforms,” says Elena Bergeron, SB Nation Editor-In-Chief. “Foul Play exemplifies SB Nation’s focus on innovative sports journalism and furthers our mission to tell stories as only we can — connecting the dots between fans, athletes, and policies without sanctimony.”
In the Foul Play series, SB Nation senior reporter Steven Godfrey investigates how brokering for highly-touted recruits triggered an explosive NCAA scandal that led to a renowned coach being fired and inflamed a bitter rivalry, catching NFL hopefuls in the crosshairs. Godfrey’s reporting goes inside the war between Ole Miss and Mississippi State and emerges with a portrait of the inherent injustices of NCAA sports.
“Foul Play is the culmination of five years of clandestine meetings and record-combing to document how and why college football players are paid in the South and what happens when the NCAA tries to stop it,” said Godfrey, SB Nation senior reporter. “It was an enormous undertaking and I think college sports fans — even diehards — will be surprised by what we uncovered. I know I was.”
The episode titles are as follows:
· Episode 1: The Pro
· Episode 2: The Recruit
· Episode 3: The Coach
· Episode 4: The Bagman
“We are honored that SB Nation has chosen us for their first OTT production. This shocking and cutting-edge docu-series about the dark financial underworld which has developed around some of America’s biggest college athletic programs will stun viewers. This is a show people will be talking about for a long time to come and is just the kind of important programming we consistently seek to champion,” says Ivana Kirkbride, GM, Digital Entertainment at Oath, a Verizon company.