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Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 4:11PM EDT
How the ESPY Awards assembled 141 survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse on stage
Source: The Athletic
ESPN spent nearly $1 million to put together last week's powerful moment, with each victim receiving a custom bracelet with the word "Courage" inscribed on it. ESPYs executive producer Maura Mandt tells The Athletic that the moment had been in the works since January. Mandt says she and her team took as "much care as possible and in consultation with as many folks who understood this story that we could. When we had the number we tried to provide as much thought as we could to how to make this experience one that would be positive. We had everything from hair and makeup to crisis counselors to therapy dogs standing by to offer support. We had an entire operation for just this segment, with about 50-60 people just working on this."
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 1:17PM EDT
ESPY Awards broadcast falls to an ABC low
This was the fourth year in a row that ABC showed the ESPN awards show, with ratings tumbling 26% in total viewers and 35% in the demo.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
ESPYs brought on stage 141 women who survived Larry Nassar's abuse to be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Jennifer Garner presented the award to the women known as "sister survivors." "To all the survivors out there, don't let anyone else re-write your story," said gymnast Aly Raisman, adding: "We survive together." "These 141 women on stage tonight are representatives for all the survivors who spoke out about the abuses they endured by their team doctor," said ESPN in a tweet accompanied by the powerful image of all 141 women on stage.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers parodied I, Tonya for the ESPY Awards
Source: USA Today
The spoof trailer for Me, Danica featured the retired NASCAR driver and ESPYs host with her Green Bay Packers QB boyfriend sending up the Tonya Harding film. ALSO: Watch Danica Patrick's full monologue as the first female ESPYs host.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
ABC announces ESPY Awards presenters, including Jon Stewart, Chadwick Boseman and Allison Janney
Source: Disney ABC Press
Retired NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is hosting the July 18 awards show, but her boyfriend Aaron Rodgers isn't listed among the presenters. The Green Bay Packers quarterback has presented many times at past ESPY Awards shows.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
ESPY Awards to pay tribute to the coaches who died in the Parkland school shooting
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Best Coach Award will be presented posthumously to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School heroes Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel, and Chris Hixon at the July 18 ceremony.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Danica Patrick announced as the first female host of the ESPYs
Source: ABC News
After 26 years, the ESPN awards show will have its first female host in the retiring NASCAR driver when it airs on ABC on July 18. "This is such a huge honor," she told Good Morning America. "At the end of the day, I love a challenge and I love sports, (and) those are two things that come together to host the ESPYs. It’s our only show! So, I love it, I love meeting all the different people and hearing all the stories. I truly leave the ESPYs every year and think to myself, ‘I am so inspired, I feel like I suck.’ Because everybody has such a great story. I want to be one of those stories!” Patrick is currently dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whom she first met at the ESPYs in 2012.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
ESPN's ESPY Awards to honor Larry Nassar sexual assault survivors with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage
Source: Sports Illustrated
“We are honored to recognize the courage of these women at The 2018 ESPYS, to acknowledge the power of their voices, and to shine a very well-deserved spotlight on what speaking up, fighting back, and demanding accountability can accomplish,” says ESPN's Alison Overholt of the ceremony that will air on July 18 on ABC.