The 2020 WNBA season is one that shouldn’t be forgotten anytime soon. And thanks in part to one member of the Los Angeles Sparks, it won’t be.
On Tuesday, center Chiney Ogwumike announced that she’ll be working as an executive producer on an upcoming ESPN Films documentary about the monumental season in the W.
adding another title to my resume: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ✨— Chiney Ogwumike (@chiney) January 19, 2021
the women of the W are dope and deserve to be recognized for all that they do, so now we have an ESPN Films documentary to show the world!
and we just gettin started... pic.twitter.com/rgaunfNah4
The 2020 season was perhaps the most notable in league history. The players association negotiated a vital new collective bargaining agreement, led by union president Nneka Ogwumike, a Sparks star and Chiney’s older sister. The league then spent the entire season playing inside a bubble — deemed the “Wubble” — at the IMG Academy in Florida, isolated from the rest of the country.
And most notably, the players campaigned for Raphael Warnock in his senatorial race against incumbent Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler, part owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. Warnock won in a January runoff, thanks in no small part to the activism of the league’s players, who came together to create historic change.
Ogwumike wasn’t in the Wubble as she, like many of the league’s players, opted against playing during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead she stayed home, and continued her successful career as an NBA analyst for ESPN and the co-host of a national radio show for the network.
And new she’s stepping it up a notch with this documentary.
While production work will likely be the first thing on her mind, Ogwumike also has a contract to focus on, as she’s officially a free agent. However, given her status in the league (she’s a former No. 1 overall pick and a two-time All-Star), her close relationship with her sister and fellow Sparks stars Chelsea Gray and Candace Parker (who, it’s worth noting, are also free agents), and her desire to stay in LA near the ESPN studios, it’s widely expected that she’ll return to the Sparks. Since she sat out last year, the Sparks also have exclusive negotiating rights with Ogwumike for the 2021 season.