What to expect at the 2015 ESPYs: Caitlyn Jenner, Joel McHale, Leah Still and …

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

ESPYs host Joel McHale: Caitlyn Jenner’s story is ‘divisive': She’s ‘very courageous’.

There’s a lot to look forward to — including Abby Wambach presenting Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award — and McHale took time to discuss it all with us. Yet the ESPYs have been around over 20 years, and continue to grow in size, spectacle, and popularity which have helped make the cable channel Disney’s most lucrative property by far. Longtime SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott, who died later that year, gave an emotional speech during a long battle with cancer while accepting the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. You wouldn’t think that human sexuality & life threatening disease would be the focus of a sports focused show, but they’re exactly why the ESPY’s have become such a pop culture staple.

For the first time, the ESPYs will air on Disney’s ABC Network, which will most-likely generate the show’s biggest audience ever, regardless of the content. We definitely want to address the biggest stories of the year, if we can do that in a non-bummer way — meaning, if the story’s just really awful, it’ll be hard. Amid criticism from some, including NBC’s Bob Costas who has openly accused the network of exploiting her for ratings, there’s no doubt that people will be watching. Her interview with ABC Anchor Diane Sawyer chronicling her journey from Olympian Bruce to Caitlyn was the highest rated Friday night non-sports program since 2003. The audience that watched Jenner on E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and the audience that watches traditional American sports, couldn’t be more different.

The ESPYs has done that by setting up guaranteed reactionary events that will be talked about, debated, & shared, just like must-see SportsCenter highlights.

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