/// ESPN Rolls Out NINE for IX Series
It’s been 40 years since Congress moved to level the playing field with the enactment of Title IX, and in recognition of that milestone, ESPN is rolling out a new documentary series about some of the pioneering women who helped drag the sports establishment out into the light. Tonight, ESPN will introduce the first of its “NINE for IX” docs, getting things started with a one-hour film about five-time Wimbledon singles champ Venus Williams. Directed by Los Angeles filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Venus VS. focuses on Williams’ achievements on the court—in 2002, she became only the second African-American player to be ranked No. 1 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association (Althea Gibson held the honor in 1957 and 1958)—and her campaign to sway Wimbledon and French Open officials to offer equal prize money to male and female players.