ESPN Awards Show: It's Alive, It's Alive, It's Alive (From L.A.)

April 13, 2010: ESPN has unveiled several significant tweaks to the 18th annual ESPYs award show, which will take place on July 14.

The event will be hosted by Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchor and head writer Seth Meyers. Also, the 2010 ESPYs will be televised live, for the first time since 2003, on ESPN/ESPNHD from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Unique content will be available on a variety of ESPN multimedia platforms, including, ESPN Mobile, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International.

In addition, new to the event this year, fans will be able to vote on an ESPYs category during the show, and see the results of their vote live on the stage. Fans will determine the winners in all categories except the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and other special awards by voting online at, on ESPN Mobile Web at and, for the first time, at June 24 through July 10.

As per tradition, the 2010 ESPYs will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other.  The ESPYs will also honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYs in 1993.

ESPN said that Meyers, who was a presenter in 2009, would be joined by an "all-star lineup of top athletes and entertainers to celebrate the best sports stories of the past 12 months."

“In the ‘anything can happen’ atmosphere that comes with doing a live program, there is no better host for The 2010 ESPYs then Seth Meyers,” Maura Mandt, executive producer for the 2010 ESPYs, said in a statement.  “Not only is he one of the most brilliant comedians, his enthusiasm for sports is sure to create some of the most memorable moments in ESPYs history."

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