THE FOURTH SEASON OF NETFLIX'S FLAGSHIP COLLEGE FOOTBALL DOCUSERIES BECOMES ESPECIALLY COMPELLING WHEN THE LOSING BEGINS
LAST CHANCE U
Available July 19, Netflix
In many ways, the new season of Netflix's acclaimed Last Chance U should feel more familiar to the average college football fan than the show's first three seasons, in which on-field success—fueled by a talented but troubled group of players—softened the profane locker room tirades meant to showcase the gritty world of junior college football. When the script flips in season 4 and Independence Community College starts losing, the camera lingers on the ways a team disintegrates over the course of a foundering season. Players start looking out for only themselves. The coaching staff splinters. Everyone comes off poorly—or maybe just more human—which makes the Pirates' personal narratives relatable, though not easy to watch.
CHICAGO RED STARS VS. NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
July 21, 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2
The World Cup might be over, but these NWSL teams feature eight players who went to France with the U.S. squad.
Laura Pels Theatre in New York, through Aug. 11
It's not easy to pull off a sports drama onstage, but Lydia Diamond's play about the first woman to play big league baseball hits it out of the park.
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
July 21, 1:30 p.m. ET on MLB Network
Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez and Roy Halladay are among those set to be enshrined in Cooperstown.