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September 4, 2019
HBO Sports and NFL Films announced their teaming on a feature-length film about the long-standing relationship between generational football coaches Bill Belichick and Nick Saban.
BELICHICK & SABAN: THE ART OF COACHING will premiere TUESDAY, DEC. 10 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. BELICHICK & SABAN: THE ART OF COACHING will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO partners’ streaming platforms.
New England Patriots master Belichick and Alabama Crimson Tide frontman Saban grant unprecedented camera access to their annual coaching retreat, where they share a multi-layered conversation about their interwoven history, admiration, coaching philosophies and more.
Combined with one-on-one interviews and extensive inside access captured over the past three decades, BELICHICK & SABAN: THE ART OF COACHING includes topics never publicly broached before, including their fathers’ respective influences on their careers, their tenure with the Cleveland Browns organization in the 1990s, and how they connect with the newest generation of players.
“Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have become the modern versions of Vince Lombardi and John Wooden – symbols of success not just in sports but in life,” said Ross Ketover, Chief Executive of NFL Films. “Their lessons on leadership are an inspiration; not just for those of us who love football but for anyone who wants to thrive at whatever passion they pursue.”
Belichick and Saban met in 1982 in Annapolis, Md., home of the United States Naval Academy, where Saban served as an assistant coach alongside Bill’s father, Steve Belichick. Their first encounter sparked one of football’s most powerful friendships. In 1991, Belichick was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and shortly thereafter he hired Saban to command his defense. Under their tutelage, the Browns produced one of the NFL’s most formidable units. Their early success foreshadowed more than two decades of dominance. Since then, Belichick has led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl victories, and his 292 career wins rank third all-time in NFL history. The powerhouse organization built by Belichick in Foxborough has resulted in 16 AFC East titles and nine AFC Conference championships.
Saban, meanwhile, has amassed six national championships and 232 career victories (Toledo, Michigan State, LSU and Alabama). Five of the national titles have occurred since Saban’s arrival in 2007 to Tuscaloosa. Saban’s success with the Crimson Tide has turned him into an iconic figure, fueled by a winning percentage of .874 since taking over at Alabama.
WATCH: The Official Trailer of The Art of Coaching