Director and Strike Anywhere co-founder Mike Jacobs brings his penchant for emotional storytelling and human narrative to Blackballed. In the new docu-series, Jacobs unpacks the Donald Sterling scandal that rocked the LA Clippers’ 2014 season, and spurred the unprecedented movement from professional athletes to hold racism accountable. Told through the eyes of the players and coach Doc Rivers, Blackballed weaves a tale of race, power and high-stakes sports to spark an all-important conversation about standing up for what is right.
With Blackballed, Mike yet again showcases his knack for crafting heartbreaking and surprising stories that maintain a true-to-life feel. This distinct point of view can be seen in his SXSW Jury Award-winning feature documentary Audience of One, as well as his sports documentary work, including The High Five for ESPN’s acclaimed 30 For 30 series. In addition to his documentary endeavors, Mike has created award-winning brand work for Microsoft, Facebook, Toyota, Infiniti and Google, among others.
Blackballed & Mike Jacobs in the Press
“Blackballed is one of a number of sports-focused documentaries available for fans in the wake of the Michael Jordan event series. It’s also the best.”
“As The Last Dance ends, Blackballed signals the NBA’s evolution as a cultural force.”
“Blackballed Director Mike Jacobs Talks The Donald Sterling Scandal
And The Power Athletes Possess.”
“…director Michael Jacobs does a brilliant job of revisiting the Sterling scandal in a rearview lens providing invaluable context.”
Chicago Sun Times
“New Blackballed Documentary Shows The Importance Of Athletes Speaking Up.”
“Blackballed documentary gives Clippers’ perspective of Donald Sterling debacle.”
Los Angeles Times
President of the NBA Player’s Union and former Clipper Chris Paul talks Blackballed with James Corden on The Late Late Show.