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FRONTLINE; Chasing the Basketball Dream


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Chasing the Basketball Dream
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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College sports focusing on two high school students' experience getting recruited. Many young men, especially many poor blacks in the nation's cities, dream of making it big by playing basketball. Correspondent Charlie Cobb looks at some who make it, and many who will not, and at many of the issues in high school and college sports today. College recruiters seek the best of them, promising an education in exchange for play. But seventy-five percent never get a college degree because, as this film suggests, colleges are too busy with their big-time sports programs to be concerned with educating their players.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Chasing the Basketball Dream,” 04/02/1984, GBH Archives, accessed February 22, 2024,
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