New series 'VICE World of Sports' tells compelling sports stories

Tony Oliva talks about baseball in his native Cuba
Tony Oliva talks about baseball in his native Cuba

A new series that premiered on Wednesday night called "VICE World of Sports" and hosted by Sal Masekela is a deep dive into the sports cultures that transcend the scores and the stats, the plays and the punditry.

Selema and his team of VICE reporters travel to communities in Ghana, Michigan, Serbia and Argentina, to meet the athletes, explore the rivalries, and understand the games people play. The show premieres will run for 9 episodes and will run on Viceland every Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET.

Check out the trailer here:

Episode guide:

Boys of Bukom - Bukom is a town too small for a map. But somehow, this tiny, slum village on the coast of Ghana has produced more world champion boxers per capita than anywhere else in the world.


The Eternal Derby - In Serbia, one thing has endured communism and civil war: The Eternal Derby. Each year, a soccer rivalry tears Belgrade apart, where gameplay is overshadowed by "Ultra" fan violence.

The Bayou Classic - In college football, tradition is everything, and the battle between historically black colleges Southern and Grambling State is a ritual unlike any other. Especially at halftime.

Las Grandes Ligas - As Cuba and America embark on a seismic shift, Cuban ballplayers are caught in the middle: forced to wait on diplomacy or risk their lives for their chance at the Majors.

Luzira Upper Prison - Overcrowded and underfunded, Luzira is home to Uganda's only maximum-security prison -- but also an elaborate soccer league; one that challenges the culture of imprisonment.

The Perfect Sheet - Hockey's "Gibson Cup" is as old as the sport itself, and in a quiet Michigan town where the game was first born, two teams have been battling for it for over 100 years.

Jake & Zane - The tiny village of Iten, Kenya is home to the fastest runners in the world, more record-holders than anywhere else... and a pair of testy twins from New Zealand.

The Line - Amidst scandals, legislative battles and the new frontier of daily fantasy, the biggest debate in the world of sports today is gambling. Is it legal? And how do you define it?

Seven Generations - Across a history of oppression, through years federal neglect and in the midst of a cultural awakening, one sport has endured on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: basketball.

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