Why would ESPN bury its best “Nine for IX” during the MLB All Star game?

Of course, ESPN has to come up with some kind of alternative programming to go opposite of Fox on Tuesday when the MLB All-Star Game airs.

A Harlem Globetrotters On Ice figure skating special. Celebrity dog trainer 7-card stud poker. “Steven A. Smith Is Highly Irritable.”

Instead, it’s really too bad they’ve picked one of their most compelling “Nine for IX” documentaries to slot in there during back-to-back hour-long windows Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m., and then 6-to-7 p.m. — and that’s it.

“Let Them Wear Towels” tells the story of Lisa Olson’s quest to do her job for the Boston Herald — which included entering the New England Patriots’ locker room to interview players in 1990. The players didn’t take too well to it.

This is a look back from filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundbergat asks what happened and why things took so long to change, including interviews with Melissa Ludtke, Claire Smith, Lesley Visser and Christine Brennan.

Also, check out the column that Paola Boivin, the former Daily News writer, did about Olson last month when she was honored by the Association for Women in Sports Media.

ESPN’s “Nine for IX” has already aired documentaries on Venus Williams (“Venus Vs.“) and Pat Summit (“Pat XO“). The rest of the schedule:
July 23: No Limits
July 30: Swoopes
August 6: The Diplomat
August 13: Runner
August 20: The ‘99ers
August 27: Branded

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