Unlike the classic 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still, the new documentary The Day Sports Stood Still is not science fiction, but rather the chronicle of unprecedented real events that took place a mere 12 months ago.
Premiering tomorrow, March 24, at 9 pm ET on HBO Max and HBO, The Day Sports Stood Still centers on Chris Paul — president of the NBA Players Association and an executive producer of the film – who was playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder when its game against the Utah Jazz was stopped midway through on March 11, 2020. That was soon followed by the shutdown of all major sports leagues.
Paul will recount going into quarantine, his role in helping the NBA to resume play on July 30, and how it felt playing all games in “the bubble.”
The 85-minute documentary tells more than Paul’s story. It delves into how the pandemic — and then the killing of George Floyd — affected athletes’ lives. For example, you’ll hear from NFL player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who opted out of playing this past season and instead volunteered in an emergency room, and the WNBA’s Natasha Cloud, who sat out her season to protest racial injustice.
Others interviewed in the film include MLB’s Mookie Betts, the NHL’s Ryan Reaves, LPGA’s Michelle Wie West, Dutch soccer player Marten de Roon, and American Olympians Daryl Homer and Laurie Hernandez.
After its initial airing, The Day Sports Stood Still will be available on demand on HBO Max, which costs $14.99 a month after a seven-day free trial.
The Day the Earth Stood Still, meanwhile, can be streamed from various providers for as low as $2.99. Its classic last line of advice to humanity, still relevant 70 years later: ”Pursue your present course and face obliteration….The decision rests with you.”
(Source for images: ‘The Day Sports Stood Still’ Facebook page)
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