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ESPY Awards

ESPY Awards

  • Premiered: 
    March 3, 1993
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  • Network: ESPN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Sports
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Each year since 1993, the ESPYS have recognized major achievements during the previous year in sports. The ESPYS honor sport-specific performances, such as "Best MLB Player" and "Best WNBA Player," as well as the best-in-sport achievements, like "Best Female Athlete" and "Best Play." Plus, the ESPYS confer the "Arthur Ashe Courage Award" to the person showing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost. Each year starting in 2002, the event takes place the night after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The first seven ESPYS were held in New York, moved to Las Vegas in 2000, and have been held in Los Angeles since 2002.
The 2023 ESPYS were televised live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 from 8-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on ABC. The ceremony has not host because of the WGA writers' strike. Lil Wayne and H.E.R. perform, with The House of Vibe All-Stars providing musical entertainment throughout the show.

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for their resilient fight for equal pay off the field. Chicago White Sox pitcher and cancer survivor Liam Hendriks will receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, a symbol of his strength and resilience in his fight against non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In recognition of their commitment to every member of the team, the Bills training staff will be awarded the Pat Tillman Award for Service presented by MassMutual, an award given to a group with a strong connection to sports who has served others in a way that echoes the legacy of the former NFL player and U.S. Army Ranger, Pat Tillman.

Stars and athletes scheduled to present this year include Dwyane Wade (retired three-time NBA champion), Angel Reese (NCAA Women's Basketball champion and Most Outstanding Player), Sue Bird (retired four-time WNBA champion), Chris Paul (12-time NBA All-Star, Golden States Warriors), Mike Tyson (former heavyweight champion), Travis Kelce (Super Bowl LVII champion, Kansas City Chiefs), Damar Hamlin (Buffalo Bills), Quavo (rapper and actor), Pat McAfee (ESPN sports analyst), Kyrie Irving (eight-time NBA All-Star, Dallas Mavericks), Lil Durk (three-time GRAMMY-nominated rapper), Skylar Diggins-Smith (six-time WNBA All-Star, Phoenix Mercury), Livvy Dunne (NCAA gymnast and social media influencer), Lil Rel Howery (Good Burger 2, Get Out), Seth Rollins (WWE Superstar), Becky Lynch (WWE Superstar), Chris Berman (ESPN analyst), and more. Peyton Manning (two-time Super Bowl champion) and Eli Manning (two-time Super Bowl champion) will be featured in a comedy sketch.


Other Titles

  • Previously known as American Sports Awards: The ESPYs


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