The Oprah Winfrey Network has won the rights to a documentary series that will follow the life of newly established NFL player Michael Sam. Negotiations of the deal are believed to have taken two months before the Network acquired the rights.
Sam who played his college football at the University of Missouri became the first openly gay man to be taken in the NFL draft when he was selected in the 7th round by the St.Louis Rams.
Emotional scenes at the Sam household were shown as camera's for the network were present when the player himself heard for the first time that he had been drafted into the league, Sam showed raw emotion whilst accompanied by his boyfriend as he answered the phone call that would realise his dream of playing in the NFL.
The Oprah Winfrey Network have said that the current proposed project has yet to be titled and the documentary series is currently being called "The Untitled Michael Sam Project"
Winfrey has released a statement since acquiring the rights to the production:
"We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever. I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in 'The Untitled Michael Sam Project' promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here."
Sam was certainly a steal for the Rams organisation with the 249th pick in the 2014 draft and despite being a 7th round selection, Sam's jersey was the second most popular of the draft weekend.