ESPN Networks Offer Extensive Lineup of Women in Sports Programming on Title IX Anniversary Weekend

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June 11th, 2012

via press release:

11 Hours on ESPN, King/Riggs “Battle of the Sexes” on ESPN Classic

ESPN has increased its originally announced schedule of events and studio shows for Friday-Sunday, June 22-24 featuring women in sports across its networks – ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Classic and Longhorn Network – highlighted by a full day of programming Saturday, June 23. The offering culminates the company’s three-month multiplatform initiative, The Power of IX, recognizing the 40th anniversary of Title IX, signed June 23, 1972.

 

More than 180 hours of women in sports programming will be aired, including 11 live hours on ESPN beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky at defending champion Minnesota Lynx, the first of two WNBA games on ESPN that day.

 

Highlighting Saturday’s coverage will be the historic Battle of the Sexes: 1973 Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs Match at 9 p.m. on ESPN Classic. The event was last aired in 2003. Additional highlights include:

  • · Two WNBA games on ESPN – Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury at 9 p.m. – featuring some of the top current women basketball players in the world in Chicago’s dynamic duo of Epiphanny Prince and Sylvia Fowles, former UConn star Maya Moore of Minnesota and L.A.’s Candace Parker;
  • · Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual is a one-hour documentary produced by the NCAA in conjunction with ESPN and Creative Street Entertainment Group. Airing at noon, it tells the story of the passage of Title IX and explores how this law has increased educational opportunities and athletic participation, specifically for women, over the past 40 years.
  • · USA Soccer: Leveling the Field, an original 30-minute special on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. showcasing the 1999 U.S. Women’s World Cup Gold-Medal winning team;
  • · Honda Sports Awards, the annual awards program that honors the accomplishments of top NCAA female athletes, live on ESPNU at 3 p.m. from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center.

 

The June 23 multi-network programming will be tied together, beginning at 12:30 p.m., through studio segments from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters. ESPN soccer analyst and espnW contributor Julie Foudy will host with former collegiate and WNBA women’s basketball star Sheryl Swoopes. The studio set will be Title IX-themed using set colors based on the animation and The Power of IX logo. ESPN anchor Sara Walsh will report from the AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championship from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

 

Schedule and program summaries by Network for Title IX Programming (Schedules subject to change)

Full Day’s Schedule

ABC

ESPN

ESPN2

ESPNU

ESPN3

ESPN Classic

Longhorn Network

ESPN Deportes

 

ESPN Network’s Title IX – June 23 Programming (subject to change)

(Check individual network schedule’s below for additional weekend programming)

Time (ET) Show Network
8 a.m. 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Semifinal: Connecticut vs. Notre Dame (reair) ESPNU
Her Story: Ten Times Over ESPN Classic
8:30 a.m. SportsCentury: Nancy Lopez ESPN Classic
9 a.m. SportsCentury: Babe Didrikson Zaharias ESPN Classic
9:30 a.m. Basketball: Tennessee vs. Texas (2002-03) LHN
10 a.m. 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Semifinal: Stanford vs. Baylor (reair) ESPNU
Schaap One on One: Jackie Joyner-Kersee ESPN Classic
AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championship ESPN3
10:30 a.m. SportsCentury: Florence Griffith-Joyner ESPN Classic
11 a.m. SportsCentury: Zina Garrison ESPN Classic
11:30 a.m. SportsCentury: Steffi Graf ESPN Classic
Basketball: Purdue vs. Texas (2006-07) LHN
Noon Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual ESPN2
12:30 p.m. WNBA Game: Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx ESPN / ESPN3
SportsCentury: Mia Hamm ESPN Classic
1 p.m. E:60 Women’s Special ESPN2
Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual ESPNU
National Pro Fastpitch: Florida at Carolina (Charlotte) ESPN3
Basketball: Oklahoma vs. Texas (2006-07) LHN
1:30 p.m. Heart of the Game ESPN Classic
AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championship ESPN3
2 p.m. SEC Storied: Lolo Jones ESPNU
3 p.m. NASCAR Countdown ESPN
Honda Sports Award (ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center) ESPNU / ESPN3
Softball: Oklahoma vs. Texas (2003) LHN
3:30 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide: Road America 200 (Elkhart Lake, Wis.) ESPN
SportsCentury: Chris Evert ESPN Classic
AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championship ESPN3
4 p.m. SEC Storied: Lolo Jones ABC
NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship: UCLA vs. Illinois (reair) ESPNU
National Pro Fastpitch: Florida at Carolina (Charlotte) ESPN3
30 for 30: Unmatched ESPN Classic
5 p.m. Sports Saturday: Week in Review ABC
USA Soccer: Leveling The Field ESPN2
SportsCentury: Martina Navratilova ESPN Classic
Softball: Texas vs. Texas A&M (2006) LHN
5:30 p.m. 2012 Women’s College World Series Finals: Clinching Game (reair) ESPNU
5:45 p.m. AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championship ESPN3
6 p.m. Schaap One on One: Billie Jean King ESPN Classic
6:30 p.m. USA Soccer: Leveling The Field ESPN Classic
7 p.m. USA National Softball vs. Canada (Oklahoma City) ESPN / ESPN3
SEC Storied: Lolo Jones ESPNU
E:60 Women’s Special ESPN Classic
Basketball: Georgia vs. Texas (2003-04) LHN
8 p.m. Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual ESPNU
On the Basis of Sex: The Battle of Title IX ESPN Classic
AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championship ESPN3
8:30 p.m. Softball: Texas vs. Oklahoma (2006) LHN
9 p.m. WNBA Game: Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury ESPN / ESPN3
2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship Game: Notre Dame vs. Baylor (reair) ESPNU
Battle of the Sexes: 1973 Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs Match ESPN Classic
10:30 p.m. Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual ESPN Classic
Basketball: Tennessee vs. Texas (2002-03) LHN
11 p.m. SEC Storied: Lolo Jones ESPNU
11:30 p.m. Her Story: Ten Times Over ESPN Classic
Midnight On the Basis of Sex: The Battle of Title IX ESPN Classic
2012 Women’s College World Series Finals: Game 1 (reair) ESPNU
1 a.m. Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual ESPN Classic
 
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