*The AT&T Audience Network has picked up six episodes of “Religion of Sports,” a docuseries created by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan and filmmaker Gotham Chopra to examine the unique examples of sports’ cultural and often spiritual impact in regions around the world.
Each hourlong episode will examine instances where specific sports profoundly influence societies and cultures in a manner that extends beyond entertainment value.
Episodes will include NASCAR events, the Calgary Stampede and the rise of UFC and MMA fighting.
“Growing up in Germany, I never imagined myself to be a professional athlete,” says Strahan. “At that point, I was a professional fan. Watching the reaction of the country when Germany won the World Cup back in 1990 showed another level of fandom that I had never seen. Sports can be that void that brings everyone together regardless of any barriers socio-economic standing, race and religion. To be a part of this project, Religion of Sports, brings full circle the things that I have learned as a child without even knowing that in some ways, I was having a religious experience. ‘Religion of Sports’ will be the bridge that connects the passion of religion with the passion of sports.”
The series is set to premiere Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. on the AT&T Audience Network (from DirecTV and U-verse).