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Sports Detectives - PBS/Smithsonian Channel Press Release for the Show's DVD Set

What is calling 'Season 1' is available on April 4th

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Available on DVD April 4th

Arlington, VA. - Public Media Distribution announced it is releasing the Smithsonian Channel original series SPORTS DETECTIVES on DVD. Muhammad Ali's Olympic gold medal. The basketball from Wilt Chamberlain's famous 100-point game. The American flag draped over goalie Jim Craig after the "Miracle on Ice." All precious artifacts from legendary moments in sports...and all are either missing or in dispute.

SPORTS DETECTIVES will be available on DVD April 4, 2017. The run time of the program is approximately 300 minutes on 2 discs, and the SRP is $29.99.

The program crisscrosses the United States in search of lost or unverified sports relics shrouded in decades-old mystery. Their stories are told through first-hand accounts from the players, managers, announcers, and fans who witnessed history unfold. With state-of-the-art technology, sports analysis, and real-life detective work, the program plunges into the moments that made these objects so coveted, piecing together the evidence for what happened and why.

How could the ball from Kirk Gibson's walk-off home run in the 1988 World Series have gone missing? What's the real story behind the Kentucky Derby Museum's War Admiral trophy, which some say is not original? Where is the football from Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris's "Immaculate Reception?" And of the three basketballs purported to have gone through the hoop on Chamberlain's historic 100th point, which has the best claim?

The program enlists the investigative skills of Kevin Barrows, a former FBI agent, top Private Investigator and security consultant for professional sports leagues, and Lauren Gardner, a reporter and on-air host with CBS Sports Network. Together, they seek not only to find and confirm the lost objects, but also to uncover new insights about these events that have transcended their sports.

SPORTS DETECTIVES builds on a formula established by Executive Producer Brian Biegel in his best-selling book and award-winning documentary, Miracle Ball, which tracked down the 1951 home run ball from Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round the World." SPORTS DETECTIVES is being produced by Left/Right for Smithsonian Channel. Executive Producers for Left/Right are Banks Tarver, and Ken Druckerman and John Marks. Brian Biegel and Robert Harris are also executive producers. David Royle and Charles Poe are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Street Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: Approximately 300 minutes on 2 discs
SRP: DVD $29.99
Format: DVD

About Smithsonian Channel
Smithsonian Channel, owned by Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network's offerings are series including Aerial America, Million Dollar American Princesses, Polar Bear Town, The Weapon Hunter, The Lost Tapes, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Building Star Trek, The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima, MLK: The Assassination Tapes, and The Day Kennedy Died. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Earth, through SN Digital LLC., a new subscription video streaming service delivering spectacular original nature and wildlife content. To learn more, go to, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Public Media Distribution, LLC
Public Media Distribution, LLC, is a leading media distributor both domestically and internationally. We offer high-quality, distinctive programs to our customers, including documentaries (The Sixties), dramas (Fortitude), and popular children's programming under the SkipRope brand (Kate & Mim-Mim) in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming.

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