REQUIEM FOR THE BIG EAST

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FILM SUMMARY:
“Requiem For The Big East” explores the meteoric ascension of the Big East Conference and how, in less than a decade under the innovative leadership of founder and commissioner Dave Gavitt, it became the most successful college sports league in America. Told primarily through the lens of famed Big East coaches such as Jim Boeheim, Lou Carnesecca and John Thompson as well as some of its most iconic players such as Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Ed Pinckney, the film chronicles the story of an extraordinary group who rode the rivalries and successes of their teams to become household names. The Big East was a groundbreaking athletic and business creation that encapsulated the era and region in which it was born — from the toughness of the players and coaches hailing from some of the Northeast’s most storied cities, to the executives and Wall Street brokers who thrived because of it. Launched in 1979 — the same year that ESPN was born — the Big East used the burgeoning cable TV channel and the media as a whole to help spread its gospel and product to fans and future players across the country. But “Requiem For The Big East” is also a tale of change as the super conference eventually found itself in a new era fighting for survival. — ESPN FILMS “30 for 30”

DIRECTOR:
Ezra Edelman — IMDb

PREMIERE:
March 16, 2014 (ESPN)

REVIEWS:
“Edelman crafted a tale that, though sport-specific and timely, also speaks to global truths about the intersection of sports and money.” — LA TIMES

Requiem For The Big East is fascinating time-capsule fodder for a sport historian, the go-to introduction to what made the league popular and the ravenous greed that tore it apart.” — THE A.V. CLUB