Next month will mark six years since ESPN's 30 for 30 film series produced and released "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks." Next Tuesday, ESPN's 30 for 30 Shorts will take a turn zeroing in on another all-time Pacers' great: Bobby 'Slick' Leonard.
While the aforementioned full-length feature film focused on the eight-year (1993-2000), no love lost rivalry between the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks, the latest 15-minute piece of nonfiction will document the story of how the now Hall of Fame coach and his wife, Nancy Leonard, spearheaded efforts to keep the Pacers in Indiana.
Here's the full summary of the Michael Husain directed short-format program, "Slick, Nancy, and the Telethon" set to air on Tuesday, February 16 at 10 a.m. ET.
The Telethon is the story of how the Indiana Pacers avoided financial ruin by holding a "Save The Pacers" telethon in the summer of 1977. Needing season ticket sales and investment, Pacers ownership let it be known they were strongly considering selling or moving the franchise. Led by former Pacer player and then head coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard, and his wife, Assistant General Manager Nancy Leonard, the telethon was a two week, concept to completion, local television event. From local business leaders to kids collecting money door to door, the telethon prompted a basketball-crazed community to pony up and keep their franchise from leaving town.
The short will air again during the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter on Friday, February 19. "The Telethon" will also be available for viewing on WatchESPN, the ESPN app, and espn.com.