Turner Sports, in conjunction with The Montag Group and Six West Media Group, has announced the green-light of More Than Just a Game: Baseball Remembers 9/11. The feature-length documentary will tell the remarkable and poignant story of how baseball helped aid both New York and the nation’s recovery in the weeks and months following the horrific attacks in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Joe Torre and Bobby Valentine, then managers of the New York Yankees and Mets, respectively, have signed on to executive produce, along with Sandy Montag, CEO of The Montag Group.
“Sports can be a unifying force, and that was certainly evident in how baseball helped New York and our country come together in the aftermath of 9/11,” said Craig Barry, Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. “We are proud to be able to share those enduring stories through this documentary, as we honor the many sacrifices that were made that day and thereafter.”
“New York City went through a devastating time 20 years ago. How the City rallied and came together showed the true nature of New Yorkers. I am proud to partner with Joe Torre and Bobby Valentine to tell this powerful story,” said Montag.
The documentary will both chronicle powerful stories expressed through the lens of those with ﬁrst-hand experiences of 9/11, while also capturing the impact of those tragic events now 20 years later. From the players and team executives to ﬁrst responders, government officials and fans of the game – everyone has a story to tell.
A story about life and loss. A story about the healing power of sports. And a story about the human spirit.
During a time in 2001 that no one will ever forget, baseball was More Than Just a Game.
Additional information on the premiere date and distribution plans will be announced in the coming months.
About Turner Sports
Turner Sports, a division of WarnerMedia, is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all platforms, widely recognized for its long-standing partnerships with the NBA, Major League Baseball and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The Turner Sports portfolio includes two of the hottest digital destinations for young sports fans in Bleacher Report and House of Highlights, along with the B/R Live streaming platform and ELEAGUE, a leading gaming and esports entertainment brand. Turner Sports co-manages NBA Digital – comprised of NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE Pass, the NBA App and NBAGLEAGUE.com – as well as NCAA.com and the NCAA March Madness Live suite of products.
About Sandy Montag
Sandy Montag is Chief Executive Officer of the Montag Group and is a 30-year industry veteran. Montag represents a variety of clients in broadcasting, coaching and team sports, including Bob Costas, Jim Nantz, Mike Tirico, Scott Van Pelt and Jeremy Schaap. Montag has been an Executive Producer on three documentaries: Amazon Prime’s All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines; Showtime’s Perfect in ’76; and ESPN’s The Class That Saved Coach K, which aired with the launch of the ACC Network in August 2019.
About Six West Media Group
Six West Media Group specializes in the development and production of unscripted series, specials and documentaries for the A+E Networks portfolio and the global marketplace. Six West Media Group™ currently has 80 hours of content in production, including a documentary with Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman that tackles the traumatic experience of institutionalized sexual abuse and 15 Minutes of Shame, with Monica Lewinsky and Max Joseph, for HBO Max. Other recent projects include History's critically acclaimed series Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation; RFK: The Kennedy Family Remembers; A&E's Biography: Farrah Fawcett Forever; and Lifetime's Gretchen Carlson: Breaking the Silence.