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Movie and TV Collections By Sport

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In the metadata world, sports are usually confined to a genre and/or a specific sport might be a tag.  Tags can create loose connections but they do not always help to classify movies and TV shows as being strongly about a particular sport.  The tag “baseball” might be added because the characters went to a baseball game but the plot does not center around the game.  Relying on a tag to group movie and TV titles into a particular sport might inject titles with little to do with a sport.  To cure this problem, Internet Video Archive (IVA) has created editorial collections around the following sports: Baseball, Basketball, American Football, Hockey, and Soccer (football to non-US people).

 

In many of these sports collections, you will find film series which are their own collection and children of the parent.  For hockey, children collections include film series like Slap Shot or The Mighty Ducks.  For baseball, film series like The Sandlot or Major League are included as children of that collection.

 

Collections are a great way to help our clients improve recommendations to their users or subscribers.  For a streaming service or VOD provider, this can improve subscriber retention or higher ARPU. For app developers and publishers, it can programmatically create compelling lists that lead to longer engagement rates and ad revenue. Over 400 movies and TV shows have been included in one of our sports collections for our clients to display.

 

Below are a sample of titles from each particular sport collection that are editors selected as outstanding titles from the collections.

 

IVA customer’s can access these collection and over 1200 more using our APIs. Contact sales@internetvideoarchive.com if you would like to learn more about IVA’s movie and TV metadata and services.

 

 

Baseball:

 

Eight Men Out (1988)

 

Description: A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

 

Starring: John Cusack, David Strathaim, Michael Rooker, and Christopher Lloyd

 

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42 (2013)

 

Description:  The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

 

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, and Alan Tudyk

 

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Basketball:

 

 

Hoosiers (1987)

 

Description: Hoosiers tells the true story of a group of underdogs who become champions. Set in the 1950s, Hoosiers is about a hard-luck, unemployed college basketball coach (Gene Hackman) who gets a chance to coach a small-town Indiana high-school basketball team. Facing resentment from the community and the team itself, Hackman manages to inspire his young athletes, leading them to the state championship with the help of the assistant coach (Dennis Hopper).

 

Starring: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, and C.W. Mundy

 

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The Last Dance (2020)

 

Description: This docuseries chronicles the rise of superstar Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, with unaired footage from an unforgettable 1997-98 season.

 

Starring: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson, and Magic Johnson

 

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American Football:

 

 

Brian’s Song (1971)

Description: Tragic story of the friendship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond establish when Piccolo discovers that he is dying. Based on real events.

 

Starring: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, and Dick Butkus

 

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Ballers (2015)

 

Description:  Success hits hard. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this series as a retired football superstar trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami.

 

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington, and Omar Benson Miller

 

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Hockey:

 

Miracle (2004)

 

Description: Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

 

Starring: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich, and Sean McCann

 

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Gross Misconduct: The Life of Brian Spencer (1993)

 

Description: Documentary from famed director Atom Egoyan about the former Canadian hockey star Brian Spencer and his battles on and off the ice.

 

Starring: Daniel Kash, Peter MacNeill, Linda Goranson, and Doug Hughes

 

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Soccer:

 

 

Victory (1981)

 

Description: A group of allied prisoners of war are ordered to take part in an exhibition football match against their axis captors. Although intended as an axis propaganda stunt, the allies begin to use the match as a front to plan an escape attempt.

 

Starring: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Max Von Sydow and Pele

 

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The Class of ’92 (2013)

 

Description: A cinematic and inspiring film charting one of the most amazing soccer stories of our era: the meteoric rise of six working class boys from diverse backgrounds who came together to play for Manchester United. The Class of ’92 brings David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes back together to tell the story and share their memories. With unprecedented access to all six players, The Class of ’92 has new insights about each individual and this special period in British soccer.

 

Starring: David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, and Phil Neville

 

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This article was created using Internet Video Archives’ database that includes metadata about movies and TV shows, poster art and trailers/clips available to clients via its APIs and editor’s interface Media Manager.  If you would like to learn more about how IVA can support your entertainment information needs to enhance your websites, applications or services, please contact Sales@InternetVideoArchive.com