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

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 Northwest 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






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 (EST)/Network                                                                               Show                                                                                                                     

8 a.m. on ESPNU          2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Semifinal: Connecticut vs. Notre Dame (reair)                 

  ESPN Classic                      Her Story: Ten Times Over                                                                                                                                                           

8:30 a.m. on ESPN Classic    SportsCentury: Nancy Lopez                                                                                                                                      

9 a.m.  on ESPN Classic       SportsCentury: Babe Didrikson Zaharias                                                                                                                        

9:30 a.m. on LHN   Basketball: Tennessee vs. Texas (2002-03)                                                                                                                                  

10 a.m. on ESPNU     2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Semifinal: Stanford vs. Baylor (reair)                                   

   ESPN Classic          Schaap One on One: Jackie Joyner-Kersee                                                                                                                         

           ESPN3             AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championship                                                                                                                                

10:30 a.m. on ESPN Classic SportsCentury: Florence Griffith-Joyner                                                                                                                                 

11 a.m. on ESPN Classic     SportsCentury: Zina Garrison                                                                                                                                                    

11:30 a.m. on ESPN Classic SportsCentury: Steffi Graf                                                                                                                                                          

      LHN                      Basketball: Purdue vs. Texas (2006-07)                                                       

Noon  on ESPN2        Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual                                                                                                                  

12:30 p.m onESPN/ESPN3  WNBA Game: Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx                                                                                                                      

ESPN Classic            SportsCentury: Mia Hamm                                                                                                                                                     

1 p.m.  on ESPN2        E:60 Women’s Special                                                                                                                                                                        

ESPNU         Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual                                                                                                                    

ESPN3          National Pro Fastpitch: Florida at Carolina

LHN                Basketball: Oklahoma vs. Texas (2006-07)                                                                                                                                        

1:30 p.m. on ESPN Classic  Heart of the Game                                                                                                                                                                      

ESPN3                   AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championship                                                                                 

2 p.m. on ESPNU      SEC Storied: Lolo Jones                                                                                                                                  

3 p.m.  on ESPN     NASCAR Countdown                                                                                                                                                               

ESPNU/ESPN3      Honda Sports Award (ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center)                                                                           

  LHN                       Softball: Oklahoma vs. Texas (2003)                                                                                                                                                 

3:30 p.m. on ESPN  NASCAR Nationwide: Road America 200 (Elkhart Lake, Wis.)                                                                                      

ESPN Classic          SportsCentury: Chris Evert                                                             

ESPN3                    AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championshionship                                                                                         

4 p.m. on ABC        SEC Storied: Lolo Jones                                                                                                                                                                     

  ESPNU                 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship: UCLA vs. Illinois (reair)                                                                          

   ESPN3               National Pro Fastpitch: Florida at Carolia

   ESPN Classic  30 for 30: Unmatched                                                                                                                                                                     

5 p.m. on ABC     Sports Saturday: Week in Review                                                                                                                                                          

  ESPN2     USA Soccer: Leveling The Field                                                                                                                                                           

ESPN Classic
  SportsCentury: Martina Navratilova                                                                                                                                               

  LHN                  Softball: Texas vs. Texas A&M (2006)                                                                                                                                                    

5:30 p.m.  on ESPNU 2012 Women’s College World Series Finals: Clinching Game (reair)                                                                                     

5:45 p.m. on ESPN3  AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championship                                                                                                                           

6 p.m. on ESPN Classic      Schaap One on One: Billie Jean King                                                                                                                                 

6:30 p.m. on ESPN Classic  USA Soccer: Leveling The Field                                                                                                                                              

7 p.m. on ESPN/ESPN3      USA National Softball vs. Canada (Oklahoma City)                                                                                                               

ESPNU           SEC Storied: Lolo Jones                                                                                                                                                                       

ESPN Classic    E:60 Women’s Special                                                                                                                                                                    

LHN                    Basketball: Georgia vs. Texas (2003-04)                                                                                                                                             

8 p.m. ESPNU  Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual                                                                                                                        

ESPN Classic    On the Basis of Sex: The Battle of Title IX                                                                                                                                       

ESPN3               AAU Girls’ National Volleyball Championship                                                                                                                                     

8:30 p.m. on LHN Softball: Texas vs. Oklahoma (2006)                                                                                                                                                      

9 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3      WNBA Game: Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury                                                                                                           

ESPNU       2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship Game: Notre Dame vs. Baylor (reair)                           

ESPN Classic    Battle of the Sexes: 1973 Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs Match                                                                                            

10:30 p.m. on ESPN Classic  Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual                                                                                                        

LHN          Basketball: Tennessee vs. Texas (2002-03)                                                                                                                                

11 p.m. on ESPNU      SEC Storied: Lolo Jones                                                                                                                                                                     

11:30 p.m. on ESPN Classic  Her Story: Ten Times Over                                                                                                                                                      

Midnight  on ESPN Classic    On the Basis of Sex: The Battle of Title IX                                                                                                                             

ESPNU                     2012 Women’s College World Series Finals: Game 1 (reair)                                                                                               

1 a.m. on ESPN Classic         Sporting Chance presented by Northwestern Mutual                                                                                                  

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