Women And Sports Weekend

Thursday, June 6
Updated: June 19, 12:36 PM ET
Gavora, Curry added to Town Meeting panel


Organizers recently announced two new panelists for "On the Basis of Sex: An ESPN Town Meeting," which will take place Saturday, June 22 from 9-10 p.m. ET at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts' Belding Theater in Hartford, Conn.

Town meeting tickets
Tickets for the June 22 ESPN Town Meeting are available through the Bushnell Box Office. For more information or to order tickets by phone, call (860) 987-5900.
Added to the panel were Jessica Gavora, policy adviser for U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and author of "Tilting the Playing Field: Schools, Sports, Sex and Title IX"; and long-time college football coach and current ESPN analyst Bill Curry.

ESPN will televise live the open-to-the-public roundtable discussion and question-and-answer session as part of the network's Women and Sports Weekend, which will recognize the 30th anniversary of Title IX and its dramatic influence on the history of American sports.

Previously announced participants include Geno Auriemma, head women's basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, and Nancy Hogshead, Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer, former Women's Sports Foundation President and Title IX expert/attorney. Other panelists will be announced at a later time.

ESPN's Bob Ley will moderate the discussion and along with each panelist will take questions from the audience and from ESPN.com users as part of the program.

Some of the discussion topics will include:

  • The impact of Title IX on women's achievement in sports and the law's consequence on male athletes and sports such as college football
  • The marketing of women's sports
  • The viability of women's professional sports leagues
  • The changing perception of female athletes and more

    The ESPN Town Meeting will be immediately preceded on ESPN by an hour-long documentary, "On the Basis of Sex: The Battle of Title IX," beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The program will trace the evolution and fallout of Title IX, the progress, change and controversy it has caused and the issues related to gender equity in sports that still remain.

    ESPN's Women and Sports Weekend (June 21-23)
    ESPN's Women and Sports Weekend, which will recognize the 30th anniversary of Title IX, will include nearly 40 hours of women's sports-related events, specials, documentaries and series on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic. Women and Sports Weekend will culminate on the anniversary day -- Sunday, June 23 -- with four live women's sports events, select taped events, plus special editions of the weekly Sports Reporters and Outside the Lines. Additionally, ESPN Classic will offer replays of the 1999 Women's World Cup Championship and the 1973 Battle of the Sexes: Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs and the 2002 Women's NCAA Basketball Championship (Connecticut vs. Oklahoma).

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