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2020 ESPYs will shift spotlight to acts of heroism and humanitarian aid

The annual awards show will air June 21 on ESPN

The 2018 ESPYS - Arrivals Photo by Allen Berezovsky/FilmMagic

ESPN has officially announced that the 2020 ESPYs will be making some changes to their annual award show in light of the recent events sweeping across the country. The most obvious change being that the show will no longer be a live event.

In their latest press release, the worldwide leader of sports has decided to “shift customary focus from outstanding athletic achievement in order to further highlight narratives of service, perseverance, and courage from within the world of sports.

“Details of the show continue to evolve with production underway, but the two-hour produced program will underscore sport’s continued role in bringing us together, encouraging resilience, providing joy, and inspiring hope.

“The 2020 ESPYs will preserve several core elements of the annual show, including the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, the Pat Tillman Award for Service, and the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. Additionally, the show will include the Sports Humanitarian Awards, sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb, with several key awards including the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award and the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, among others.”

The current scheduled date for the ESPYS is Sunday, June 21 at 6 p.m. PT.