Nine for IX

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Nine for IX
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GenreSports documentary
Directed byvarious
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes9
Shorts: 7 [1]
Producer(s) Robin Roberts
Jane Rosenthal [2]
Original network ESPN
Original releaseJuly 2 (2013-07-02) 
August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)
Related shows 30 for 30
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Nine for IX is the title for a series of documentary films which aired on ESPN, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The documentaries were produced by ESPN Films in conjunction with espnW, and were intended to have the same creative, story-driven aspect that ESPN Films' other series, 30 for 30 , has, with the series focusing on captivating stories of women in sports told through the lens of female filmmakers. [2] The first film, Venus Vs., premiered on July 2, 2013.

ESPN is a U.S.-based sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture owned by The Walt Disney Company (80%) and Hearst Communications (20%). The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen along with his son Scott Rasmussen and Ed Egan.

Title IX United States federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally-funded education programs

Title IX is a federal civil rights law in the United States of America that was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This is Public Law No. 92‑318, 86 Stat. 235, codified at 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681–1688. It was co-authored and introduced by Senator Birch Bayh in the U.S. Senate, and Congresswoman Patsy Mink in the House. It was later renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act following Mink's death in 2002. The following is the original text as written and signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

ESPN Films

ESPN Films is a production company which produces and distributes sports films and documentaries. It is owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between the Disney–ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Communications.


List of Nine for IX films

The following films are all 60 minutes in length (including commercials).

No.TitleDirected byOriginal air dateUS viewers
1Venus Vs. Ava DuVernay July 2, 2013 (2013-07-02)0.460 [3]
Venus Williams is one of tennis' greatest athletes. DuVernay takes a look at a great Williams victory off the court: fighting for financial equality in the earnings given out to male champions versus female champions.
2Pat XOLisa Lax and Nancy Stern WinterJuly 9, 2013 (2013-07-09)0.311 [4]
An in-depth look at the legendary University of Tennessee Lady Vols coach, Pat Summitt, from her exceptional career to her new life fighting early-onset Alzheimer's.
3Let Them Wear TowelsRicki Stern and Annie SundbergJuly 16, 2013 (2013-07-16)0.197 [5]
An all-male locker room can be an intimidating environment for a female reporter. See how Betty Cuniberti, Lisa Olson, Melissa Ludtke, Claire Smith, Lesley Visser and Jane Gross fought to be accepted, regardless of gender, and create a harassment-free work environment.
4No LimitsAlison EllwoodJuly 23, 2013 (2013-07-23)0.400 [6]
An exploration of the life of Audrey Mestre, a world-class freediver, and the events leading up to the dive that ultimately took her life.
5Swoopes Hannah Storm July 30, 2013 (2013-07-30)0.397 [7]
Sheryl Swoopes has been labeled as the female Michael Jordan, rivaling his accomplishments with her own. As one of the first high-profile athletes to come out as being gay, she is not the everyday superstar.
6The Diplomat Jennifer Arnold and Senain Kheshgi August 6, 2013 (2013-08-06)0.437 [8]
Katarina Witt was one of East Germany's most successful athletes. She endured constant surveillance by the Stasi and faced her greatest challenges after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
7RunnerShola LynchAugust 13, 2013 (2013-08-13)0.548 [9]
Mary Decker was one of the greatest runners of the 1970s and 80s. Decker set many running records but had a crushing experience in the 1984 Olympics.
8The '99ersErin LeydenAugust 20, 2013 (2013-08-20)0.491 [10]
A look at the United States women's national soccer team that won the World Cup in 1999 through exclusive footage from members of the team. The team helped inspire women athletes and change the way women's sports were viewed.
9Branded Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)0.633 [11]
Branded examines the role sex and sex symbols play in the lives of female athletes, including tennis player Anna Kournikova, who is a pioneer for women athletes who understand that sometimes, sex sells.

Short films

After the first short aired with the full-length films, six additional short films were created, to begin airing in June 2014. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth shorts debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 17, before airing with the additional shorts on Additionally, all Nine for IX Shorts aired back-to-back on August 2, 2014 on ESPN. [1]

No.TitleDirected byOriginal release dateLength
1CoachBess KargmanJune 18, 2013 (2013-06-18)17:00
A look at C. Vivian Stringer and how she handled pressure on the court as well as in the face of adversity regarding racial slurs towards her players.
2Love & Payne Hannah Storm June 4, 2014 (2014-06-04)12:30
3Rowdy Ronda RouseyNadine Mundo and Rena Mundo CroshereJuly 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)14:00
4Think NormalNikki ReedJuly 29, 2014 (2014-07-29)16:30
5Brittney Griner: LifesizeMelissa JohnsonJuly 30, 2014 (2014-07-30)16:00
6Uncharted WatersTina CarboneJuly 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)16:15
7Play A Round With MeJessica WolfsonAugust 1, 2014 (2014-08-01)11:15

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