Besides our favorite athletes winning awards there was honestly and unfortunately nothing more to look forward to. Why?
Reasons why this year’s ESPYS disappointed:
First off it wasn’t on ESPN – It was on ABC. The biggest awards show in sports should have aired on the world largest sports-broadcast network. The ESPYS are usually aired on ESPN, only to find out MLB all-star activities took its place.
The late great Stuart Scott’s tribute was below acceptable. It was cut short it seemed, and was right in the middle of the show. “Stu” will always be one of the biggest, brightest and greatest journalist ever. A 2 minute “speech” was the erroneous way to pay respects. We love Robin Roberts, but Scott’s daughters, who were in attendance, should have been included.
It also seemed as though ESPN did not do nearly as much advertising this year as they have in the past. Why? No idea.
But what we do know is that although big-name celebrities will attend year after year, you need a big name host.
The host. More often than not the host draws the viewers’ attention. When LeBron James host, everyone watched. 2014 was Drake’s year, so whether you were a sports fan or not, if you were a fan of him, you watched.
Was Caitlyn for publicity? I hate to say it, but you cannot convince me that Jenner wasn’t given this award to boost ABC’s rating for the program, maybe they knew the show would be kind of boring. But it worked, people definitely watched and people were certainly talking about it. Although, many athletes in attendance looked pretty uncomfortable.
No performances. Maybe drake spoiled us last year and we shouldn’t expect a show that great again. But fans missed the performances and funny skits. This host wasn’t too funny either, his filler time included insensitive jokes in regards to the ongoing sexual assault trouble of actor and comedian Bill Cosby
Too soon, and wrong crowd.
The bottom line: ESPN should start working on next year’s award show now, secure a good host, no a great host. Move the show back to ESPN. If the host is a so called comedian, make sure he is actually funny. The list goes on and on. If all else fails, bring back Drake – you can’t go wrong with him.
Here are all of the winners(including non-televised) from one of the biggest nights in sports:
Best International Athlete: Lionel Messi
Best Driver: Kevin Harvick
Best Fighter: Ronda Rousey
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Kelly Clark
Best Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Best WNBA Player: Skylar Diggins
Best Bowler: Jason Belmonte
Best Male Golfer: Jordan Spieth
Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Devon and Leah Still
Best Female Golfer: Lydia Ko
Best Male Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic
Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Becca Meyers
Best Male College Athlete: Marcus Mariota
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Ryan Dungey
Best Female College Athlete: Missy Franklin
Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Krige Schabort
MVP’S Away From the Sport:
Pat Tillman Award for Service: Danielle Green
Best Moment: Lauren Hill
Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: Caitlyn Jenner
Icon Award: Derek Jeter