The day after the MLB All-Star game is the worst sports day of each year, as no games from any major sport are on the schedule. In order to fill the void, ESPN has scheduled the 2014 ESPYs for Wednesday night.
The awards show will celebrate the last year in sports, spanning from the summer of 2013 to July 2014. It’s set to be held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET.
Drake will host the 2014 ESPYs, marking the first time in the show’s 22-year-hstory that a rapper has done the honors. The previous four hosts have been actors, while LeBron James and Lance Armstrong are the only athletes to ever host the ESPYs. Samuel L. Jackson has hosted a record three times.
Among sports fans, Drake might be considered a polarizing figure. He’s viewed by many as a bandwagon fan, considering he roots for Kentucky basketball and star players like LeBron James and Johnny Manziel, even though he’s from Toronto.
Drake recently defended himself, saying he’s simply a supportive friend to several athletes. He’ll likely poke fun at the idea that he likes to “team jump” in his monologue.
“Our goal is obviously the night of the ESPYs to completely take over the Internet, for everything that we do to go viral and for people to enjoy days or weeks afterwards,” Drake told reporters on Monday. “We've been working hard, like I said, on the pre-tapes and on the monologue and on every aspect of the show just to make sure that it lives on past this night, which I can 100 percent guarantee it will.”
If history is any indication, the 2014 ESPYs will be one of the most watched shows of the night. Last year, the show topped the cable ratings as the highest-viewed original program.
The show will be attended by some of the world’s athletes, including members of the USA National Soccer team, Albert Pujols, Henrik Lundqvist and Richard Sherman. Professional athletes and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars will be among the presenters.
Fans have the opportunity to vote on each category, up until the show begins. There are 34 awards, including best make athlete, best moment and best team.
The 2014 ESPYs will be broadcast one ESPN, and viewers can watch a free live stream with WatchESPN.