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Top Five Reasons You Should Watch the ESPYS

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THE ESPY AWARDS, EPSN's very own sports awards show, will take place tonight. Host Jon Hamm will be joined on stage by the world’s premier athletes and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars when The 2013 ESPYS Presented by Capital One come to Los Angeles. The 21st annual celebration of the best moments from the year in sports will be televised LIVE from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Wednesday, July 17, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN HD. Why should you watch? Check out the list below!

Would you like to vote? VOTE HERE

Star Power
Star Power AP

Star Power

If they are a name in sports they will be there –
LeBron James (NBA), Victoria Azarenka (pro tennis player), Gabby Douglas (Olympic gold medalist) , Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens), Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers), Brad Keselowski (NASCAR driver), Ray Lewis (former Baltimore Raven/Analyst), Alex Morgan (USA Women’s National Soccer Team), Michael Phelps (Olympic gold medalist), Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons), Danica Patrick (NASCAR) , Maria Sharapova (pro tennis player) and Hope Solo (USA Women’s National Soccer Team)

Jon Hamm hosts and other celebs present
Jon Hamm hosts and other celebs present AP

Jon Hamm hosts and other celebs present

Who doesn’t love Mad Men’s biggest star Jon Hamm? He will be there to announce presenters and give you a laugh or two. He is going to bring up some big name celebrities who love sports – such as, Ben Affleck , Kevin Bacon, Don Cheadle, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Selena Gomez, Paula Patton and Jason Sudeikis. Read more about Jon Hamm's excitement for the event here.

 

You get to vote
You get to vote ESPN.com

You get to vote

Yes, the winners are all your call. Voting is SUPER easy; click the photo of who you think deserves to win in each category. Vote until 9pm E.S.T. tonight. Represent for your favorite teams and athletes. There are categories such as Best Male/Female Athlete, Best Game, Best Moment and even Best Upset. Think back to this year in sports and who stood out. What games rocked your year? Which upsets broke your heart? Vote and watch your favorites win. VOTE HERE

It’s like the Grammys for sports
It’s like the Grammys for sports AP

It’s like the Grammys for sports

Really it is. Big Names, award trophies, presenters, fancy dresses, fitted suits and the red carpet. Get a chance to see these athletes out of their element, not on the court with a jersey but under the red carpet lights. Whether the athlete is a 6’7’’ NBA star or a 5’1’’ gymnastics medalist – they will all be in the same room at the same time. Some of the best athletes in the world will be under the same roof– Olympic Gold Medalists, championship winners, MVPs and more. Although they are not wearing their jerseys, they will still be competing – but this time they get the chance to support each other and have a good time. Watch it all happen. All of it. Don’t miss it. ESPN tonight.

You get to see athletes give speeches!
You get to see athletes give speeches! AP

You get to see athletes give speeches!

Winning speeches aren’t just for award winning actresses or top hit artists, they are for championship athletes as well. See Michael Phelps or Lebron James give a thank you speech. See the shock in their eyes when they find out they won (or lost). Don’t miss the chance to see the personal side of these athletes as they celebrate their athletic victories on an awards stage.

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