BIG SHOTDirected by Kevin ConnollyA tale of a dream that became a lie, and how a scam of such epic proportions plagued an iconic NHL franchise what’s the opposite of businessman almost went undetected. Film Summary In 1996, the once-dominant New York Islanders were in serious trouble.
Lousy performance and poor management were driving away the hockey franchise’s loyal fan base. Then along came a Dallas businessman named John Spano, who swooped in and agreed to buy the team for 165 million dollars. Director’s Take John Spano’s story is without a doubt one of the most notorious cons in sports history. It sent a shock wave through the NHL, blindsiding some of the wealthiest and most powerful businessmen in the country, and it forced them to change their decrees while evaluating prospective owners.
Various other companies and business partners found themselves caught in his web of lies, not to mention his family. As a kid growing up on Long Island, I lived and breathed for our hockey games. I watched my team shatter records, winning 19 straight playoff series and four consecutive Stanley cups. It was a dynasty, and as a young kid I had a front row seat. Even during the dark ages, before Spano, I never missed a game. My personal connection was the driving force behind wanting to tell this story, but as the filmmaking process began I had to step away and look at it objectively to decide exactly what story I was going to tell and how I was going to tell it. American Dream — and his American Dream, which I believe most men share, was to own a professional sports team.