The 2020 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will have a different format from previous years, but the two-hour special airing tonight, June 21, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN2 will be a star-studded event that reflects the uniqueness of the present time. Hosted by three superstar athletes – three-time WNBA Champion Sue Bird, two-time World Cup Champion and Olympic medalist Megan Rapinoe, and Super Bowl Champion quarterback Russell Wilson – the show will not only celebrate the year in sports but will highlight inspiring stories of service, perseverance, and courage in the face of this unprecedented health crisis. The 2020 ESPYS will also look forward to the return of sports, and showcase athlete activism as the sports world issues a call to action to address racial injustice in America.
Many elements of the show will remain consistent – celebrating the best of the year in sports, showcasing the comedy chops of top athletes and celebrity fans, and telling the kind of inspirational, heart-swelling stories that can only come from the world of sports. Some highlights include:
- Tom Brady honors high school and college Senior athletes, including Sabrina Ionescu and Cassius Winston
- Kansas City comedians join a call with Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce to celebrate the Chiefs’ incredible season.
- Keegan-Michael Key gathers iconic Olympic heroes for a once in a lifetime moment.
- A powerful segment from various athletes addressing the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Peyton Manning pays tribute to an ESPYS icon who was dedicated to the show for decades.
- A series of “Athletes United” segments will run throughout the show, highlighting inspirational stories of athletes and coaches helping their communities and connecting with fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A love letter to Kobe Bryant from the people of Los Angeles, featuring a performance by Snoop Dogg.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan will be among the special guests. Marquise Goodwin will also be featured tonight on an E:60 Father’s Day Special about his desire for parenthood.