TSN Hits the Red Carpet to Deliver Live Coverage of THE 2015 ESPYS, Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. ET

— July 9, 2015

– THE 2015 ESPYS COUNTDOWN SHOW airs at 7 p.m. ET live on TSN1 and TSN3 followed by THE 2015 ESPYS awards show at 8 p.m. ET –
– TSN’s Cabral ‘Cabbie’ Richards and THE SOCIAL/ETALK’s Lainey Lui report live from the red carpet –
– Caitlyn Jenner will be honoured with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award –
– Canadian nominees include Jonathan Toews, Carey Price, John Tavares, Duncan Keith, and Mark McMorris –

TORONTO (July 9, 2015) – TSN walks the red carpet at the premier awards show in sports, THE 2015 ESPYS. This year’s edition is highlighted by a star-studded list of honourees including Caitlyn Jenner, who will be honoured with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The list of nominees features many of sports’ biggest names, including Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Serena Williams, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ronda Rousey, Jordan Spieth, Mo’ne Davis, and many more. TSN’s live coverage from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater begins Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN3, followed by THE 2015 ESPYS at 8 p.m. ET. TSN tees up the event with ESPN’s one-hour preview show THE 2015 ESPYS COUNTDOWN. TSN’s Cabral ‘Cabbie’ Richards contributes frequent updates from the red carpet alongside Lainey Lui, who contributes reports for THE SOCIAL and ETALK. Together they bring some Canadian zest to the biggest awards show in sports as they interview athletes and celebrities. ETALK wraps up THE 2015 ESPYS with a full post-show report on Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, and THE SOCIAL recaps the event on Thursday, July 16 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV. Throughout THE 2015 ESPYS, host Joel McHale will be joined by a wide-ranging slate of celebrity presenters. Award categories include Best Breakthrough Athlete, Best Team, and Best Championship Performance. Fans determine the winners in most categories by voting online up to the start of THE 2015 ESPYS (click here for the complete list of nominees). Caitlyn Jenner will be honoured with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for her contributions in transcending sports. Jenner’s new documentary series, I AM CAIT, is set to premiere Sunday, July 26 at 8 p.m. ET on E! in Canada. The eight-part series tells Caitlyn Jenner’s intimate story, and joins her as she seeks out her “new normal.” Living for the first time as the person she feels she was born to be, the docu-series also explores what Caitlyn’s transition means for the people in her life, while offering a better understanding of the challenges those in the transgender community often face. Canadians Jonathan Toews, Carey Price, John Tavares, and Duncan Keith are among the five players nominated for ‘Best NHL Player’ at THE 2015 ESPYS. Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris is nominated in the Best Male Action Sports Athlete category. TSN subscribers can access live streaming of THE 2015 ESPYS through TSN GO. THE 2015 ESPYS FACTS & FIGURES (via ESPN PR):
  • For the first time since 2000, none of the nominees for Best Male Athlete are returning from the previous year. 2015’s fresh slate includes NBA MVP Stephen Curry, NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, NFL Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt, and two-time Best Male Athlete-winner LeBron James.
  • UFC-champion Ronda Rousey is in pursuit of a second-straight “Best Female Athlete” honor.  She faces stiff competition from two-time winners Serena Williams and Lindsey Vonn, as well as returning nominee Breanna Stewart.
  • LeBron James is the only returning nominee for “Best NBA Player,” gracing the category for an 11th-straight year. He is joined by first-timers Stephen Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.
  • Serena Williams is after her seventh “Best Female Tennis Player” award.  She will have to top returning winner, Maria Sharapova, who is after her sixth.
  • Peyton Manning is in contention to repeat as “Best Record-Breaking Performance.” While the Denver signal caller was honored at the 2014 awards for single-season passing records, this year the attention is on a career accomplishment – the most passing touchdowns ever thrown by an NFL quarterback.
  • Rory McIlroy is chasing his second “Best Male Golfer” award. He faces stiff competition from The Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth and FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel.
  • Little League standout Mo’ne Davis is looking to become the youngest athlete ever to win the “Best Breakthrough Athlete” Award.
  • The “Best Male College Athlete” nominees stretch the category’s age range in both directions. 18-year-old BU hockey star Jack Eichel would be the youngest player ever to win the award, while 24-year-old OSU wrestling champ Logan Stieber would be the oldest.
  • Fresh off winning the Triple Crown, American Pharoah is the first horse ever to be nominated in the “Best Championship Performance” category. He is up against MLB World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, Women’s College World Series MVP Lauren Haeger, and NBA Finals leading-scorer LeBron James.

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