ESPN Films is offering an all-access look into a WNBA season like no other. “144” takes viewers inside the bubble of the 2020 season, which saw the league creating a single site at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where 144 players across 12 teams played 147 games from July to October. A press release announced that Lauren Stowell and Jenna Contreras’ documentary, which also explores how WNBA players got involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, will premiere May 13 on ESPN. Contreras spent 66 days in the bubble, and witnessed how the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice activism transformed the league.
“Developing this documentary about my sisters in the WNBA and the powerful 2020 season has been an honor. ‘144’ amplifies the story of how our league helped create unprecedented social change while redefining how we see strong female athletes compete at the highest level,” said executive producer, WNBA All-Star, and multi-platform ESPN commentator Chiney Ogwumike. “It is a privilege to showcase the 144 in their vulnerability letting cameras behind-the-scenes, their dedication to social impact, and their strength in navigating through one of the most challenging seasons we have ever had.”
“144” will premiere May 13 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film will be made available on ESPN+ immediately after its premiere, along with the ESPN Films and 30 for 30 library. Check out a trailer below to see the players dedicate their season to Breonna Taylor and promise to be a “voice for the voiceless.”