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Magic Johnson’s ESPN Documentary The Announcement Is Must-See TV Tonight

Submitted by on March 11, 2012 – 3:47 pm6 Comments

There’s a lot of things for sports fans to be excited about today. The champion of the ACC Tournament will be crowned. The brackets for the NCAA Tournament will be announced. And you’ll get to spend a few hours—or is it a few days?—filling out those brackets once they get revealed. So, we won’t be surprised if you somehow manage to miss ESPN’s documentary on Magic Johnson called The Announcement. It airs right after ESPN’s NCAA tournament special tonight. But, you’ll probably be burnt out by all of the sporting events on earlier in the day. Still, we hope you don’t discount it completely. Because whether you’re a hardcore sports fan or not, The Announcement is must-see TV.

By now, you probably know most of Magic Johnson’s story. Back in 1992, he was told that he was HIV-positive. And, for there, he struggled to find his way. He played in the NBA for awhile, tried coaching, made an NBA comeback, got into broadcasting and, well, he basically went about his business—all while trying to come to grips with the fact that he had HIV. To say it changed his life would be the understatement of the century. And to say that it changed sports forever would not be ridiculous in the least.

For that reason alone, The Announcement is worth your time tonight. Or, if you can’t catch it tonight, make sure you DVR it and watch it later. I’ve enjoyed all of the ESPN Films documentaries in the past, including the entire 30 For 30 series, but this particular documentary sounds like it’ll be even better than all the rest. Check out the trailer below and then let us know if you plan on watching the entire show tonight. We know there’s a lot of things for sports fans to be excited about today. But we hope you’ll make some time to see this, too.

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