Sunday, July 19, 2009

What Annoys Me About The ESPY Awards

Since 1993, ESPN has broadcast The ESPY Awards.

Think of the ESPYs as the sports equivalent of the Emmy Awards.

It used to be broadcast live in February or March. But since 2002, it has been broadcast on the third Sunday of July following ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Usually, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball begins at 8 p.m. EST. But on this weekend the game begins at 6 p.m. EST.

It's very annoying. I don't understand why ESPN Sunday Night Baseball has to be moved back two hours to accommodate a show that isn't even broadcast live. The ESPYs are taped the day after the MLB All-Star Game.

Here's what I would do if I were in charge of programming at ESPN. Air the ESPYs on Sunday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN and broadcast ESPN Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN2 at the same time which happens to be its normal time. That way everybody wins. Viewers have a choice between the ESPYs or ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

I mean what were they broadcasting on ESPN2 this evening while the ESPYs were on? Soccer and drag racing.

O.K., it isn't the biggest problem in the universe. But it is a pet peeve of mine and now I've spoken my peace.

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