ESPN will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Title IX this week with cross-platform content across television, digital and radio, including a 24-hour marathon of live and classic women’s sports programming airing across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Classic on Friday, June 23 – the date Title IX was enacted in 1972. In addition, espnW.com will offer weeklong coverage and features beginning today and a number of vignettes and interstitials will air throughout ESPN’s television and radio shows.
Beginning at midnight ET on June 23, a 24-hour marathon of live and classic women’s sports programming will air on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Classic, highlighted by the live presentation of the WNBA matchup between Elena Delle Donne’s Washington Mystics and Maya Moore’s Minnesota Lynx. In addition, ESPN Classic will air all of the original episodes from the acclaimed Nine for IX short film series, as well as NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship games from the most storied rivalries in history, including the 2000, 2003 and 2004 tilts between the University of Connecticut Huskies and the Tennessee Lady Vols. On ESPNU, several 2016-17 women’s college championships will re-air throughout the day.
Schedule on Friday, June 23:
|Midnight||Nine for IX: Pat XO||ESPN Classic|
|1 a.m.||2000 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship
Connecticut vs. Tennessee
|2 a.m.||2017 Women’s College World Series, Game 2
Florida vs. Oklahoma
|3 a.m.||2003 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship
Tennessee vs. Connecticut
|4 a.m.||2017 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship||ESPNU|
|5 a.m.||2004 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship
Tennessee vs. Connecticut
|6 a.m.||2017 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship||ESPNU|
|7 a.m.||2008 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship
Stanford vs. Tennessee
|8 a.m.||2017 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship
Maryland vs. Boston College
|9 a.m.||2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship
Louisville vs. Connecticut
|11 a.m.||2010 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship
Stanford vs. Connecticut
|Noon||2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship
South Carolina vs. Mississippi State
|1 p.m.||2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship
Notre Dame vs. Baylor
|2 p.m.||2017 Women’s NCAA Bowling Championship
McKendree University vs. Nebraska
|3 p.m.||Nine for IX: Venus Vs.||ESPN Classic|
|3:30 p.m.||2017 NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship||ESPNU|
|4 p.m.||Nine for IX: The Diplomat||ESPN Classic|
|5 p.m.||Nine for IX: Let Them Wear Towels||ESPN Classic|
|6 p.m.||Nine for IX: No Limits||ESPN Classic|
|7 p.m.||Nine for IX: Branded||ESPN Classic|
|Nine for IX: Swoopes||ESPN2|
|8 p.m.||WNBA Regular Season (LIVE)
Washington Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx
|Nine for IX: The 99ers||ESPN Classic|
|2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship
Stanford vs. Texas
|9 p.m.||Nine for IX: Swoopes||ESPN Classic|
|10 p.m.||2017 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship||ESPNU|
|Nine for IX: Pat XO||ESPN Classic|
|11 p.m.||Nine for IX: Venus Vs.||ESPN Classic|
espnW.com will provide Title IX features, analysis and interviews throughout the week beginning today with a look at former Michigan State softball and basketball player Carol Hutchins’ lawsuit against the school and how it changed the women’s sports landscape. Additional highlights:
- Title IX and women’s golf: Pre-Title IX, golf and tennis were the go-to sports for women. But the law has created a ton of competition for the best athletes, weakening the U.S.’s position in women’s golf.
- Mechelle Voepel on athletic departments: Forty-five years after the passage of Title IX, there’s still a difference between women being present in athletic departments and women being accepted in athletic departments. Why is this still the case?
- Q&A with Tina Sloan Green: Tina Sloan Green, the co-founder and president of the Black Women in Sport Foundation, based in Philadelphia, was also the first black head coach in women’s college lacrosse, at Temple, from 1973 to 1992.
- VIDEO: “Foudy’s Finds” – The San Diego Splash is a group of trailblazing women in their 80s and 90s who play basketball and have powerful stories to share about equal rights for women in sports.
- VIDEO: Nine things you probably didn’t know about Title IX – whiteboard animation execution, narrated by Kate Fagan.
Additional Content and Programming
Additional content will be featured across ESPN Radio throughout the week, including dedicated segments on Mike & Mike (weekdays, 6 – 10 a.m.) and The Ryen Russillo Show (weekdays, 1 – 4 p.m.), and The Trifecta (Saturdays, Noon – 3 p.m.) will incorporate an hour-long conversation about the show during the 2 p.m. hour with hosts Kate Fagan, Sarah Spain and Cassidy Hubbarth. Additional programming and content will be showcased on ESPN’s news and information shows throughout the week.
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