Hey, remember the ESPYS, ESPN’s yearly sports award show that serves as a lightning rod for criticism? Well, while the ESPYS will look and feel a lot different this year, they’re still happening. Today, ESPN announced that Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe, and Russell Wilson will host this year’s ESPYS, scheduled for Sunday, June 21st at 9 PM ET on ESPN. Clearly, this is yet another example of the sports media world’s pro-Seattle bias.
The actual look and feel of the ESPYS will be a lot different, though we are not about just how different the awards show will be. Earlier this month, ESPN announced that all live events for the ESPYS had been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued concerns about larger gatherings, meaning that the normally over the top elements of the show (the red carpet, the random athletes and celebrities in the crowd, and so on and so forth) won’t be happening this year. The ESPYS broadcast has also been combined with the Sports Humanitarian Awards this year, the finalists for which were announced last week.
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