30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 5 — The LeBron Affair

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30 for 30: ‘Sole Man,’ Chapter 6 — Sonny, Ed, and the NCAA

In the sixth and final chapter of the latest 30 for 30, ‘Sole Man,’ we see Sonny Vaccaro’s life accomplishments brought to reckoning after he left the shoe business in 2007, and the steps he’s taken since to bring down the multibillion-dollar monster he helped create

Since retiring from the shoe business in 2007, Vaccaro has pivoted into being a full-time, all-out advocate for change in the basketball industry he helped create. The man who outfitted coaches in swooshes and funneled millions into universities’ athletic departments is now one of the NCAA’s most outspoken critics, working behind the scenes to organize efforts for the antitrust suit led by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon. 

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Chapter 1: “How Sonny Became Sonny”
Chapter 2: “The Jordan Effect”
Chapter 3: “Kobe and the Gunslinger”
Chapter 4: “There Are Victims Here”
Chapter 5: “The LeBron Affair”

Sole Man will make its prime-time television debut on Thursday, April 16, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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