Press Release: “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” Profiles Diamond Dallas Page

Nick Paglino

The following press release has been issued:

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL PROFILES LEGENDARY WRESTLER DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE; WHEN THE EMMY®-WINNING SHOW RETURNS AUG. 20, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

          Now in its 19th season, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series and the only sports program recognized with a prestigious 2012 George Foster Peabody Award, presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 197th edition, available in HDTV, debuts at a special time TUESDAY, AUG. 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

          Other HBO playdates: Aug. 20 (3:10 a.m.), 22 (8:00 a.m., 5:15 p.m.), 25 (9:00 a.m.) and 28 (1:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.), and Sept. 3 (7:00 p.m., 2:55 a.m.) and 7 (10:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m.)

          HBO2 playdates: Aug. 21 (2:20 p.m., 10:00 p.m.), 26 (9:00 a.m.) and 31 (2:30 p.m.), and Sept. 1 (9:05 a.m.), 6 (4:45 p.m.) and 11 (10:00 a.m., 11:55 p.m.)

           HBO On Demand® availability: Aug. 26-Sept. 16. The show will also be available on HBO GO®.

          Segments include:

*DDP. Few athletes have a tougher life after sports than professional wrestlers. The fast lifestyle that accompanies year-round entertaining across the country can take its toll on bodies and minds, resulting in a disproportionate amount of former wrestlers becoming drug dependent and struggling with mental-health issues. In stark contrast to the sport’s high-flying, musclebound theatrics, yoga is now helping rehabilitate some stars of yesteryear. Diamond Dallas Page, famous for his success in the WCW and WWF, created DDP Yoga after finding that yoga helped ease not only his physical ailments but also his depression, and has striven to help others from his era, most notably Scott “Razor Ramon” Hall and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Correspondent Frank Deford sits down with the wrestlers to discuss how yoga has helped their lives in a way they never thought possible.

          Producer: Maggie Burbank.

          REAL SPORTS was the sole sports program recognized by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a 2012 George F. Peabody Award for broadcast excellence. In addition, it is the only sports program ever honored with the duPont Award, first in 2005 and again in 2012.

          At the 34th annual Sports Emmy® Awards on May 7, REAL SPORTS captured two trophies, for Outstanding Edited Sports Series and for Outstanding Long Feature for the Aug. 2012 profile of former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason. REAL SPORTS has won the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times and has received 25 Sports Emmy® Awards overall.

          Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports, or join the conversation on Twitter using #RealSports.

          The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

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