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Heisman Trophy ceremony goes virtual in 2020

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Heisman Trophy ceremony will not occur in the Big Apple (New York) in 2020. Due to the coronavirus, the event will be held virtually.

In addition, ESPN has reached a multi-year agreement to remain the home of The Heisman Trophy. It’s not clear how long the contract is at this time.

The 85th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy presented to LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow
The 85th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy presented to LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

The Heisman Trophy has been airing on ESPN since 1994. ESPN will broadcast the 2020 edition on Tuesday, January 5, at 7 p.m. EST.

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The announcement came on ESPN’s College GameDay from The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

“Although college football may look and feel a lot different, there is no shortage of incredible talent on the gridiron this year. One thing the pandemic cannot change is the spirit of a true winner and we are eager to again celebrate that winner on the annual Heisman Trophy Ceremony,” Heisman Trophy Trust President Mike Comerford said. “We are also excited to extend our partnership with ESPN, the leading multinational sports entertainment brand, and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with them.”

For the first time in the history of the award, this year’s event will be broadcasted from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. Chris Fowler will host the event during the one-hour event. Reporters Tom Rinaldi and Maria Taylor will work with Fowler from Connecticut.

Former Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard and Tim Tebow will chime in remotely. Howard won the Heisman Trophy in 1991, while Tebow won the award in 2007.

The finalists – announced on Christmas Eve at 7:30 pm EST on ESPN – will then appear remotely from their residences or schools. The plan is for several other Heisman Trophy winners to appear remotely.

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“So much has changed with college football this year, and a virtual Heisman Trophy Ceremony is different than any Heisman Ceremony we’ve done before,” Fowler said. “What hasn’t changed, however, is that we’re honoring the best player in college football and sharing in this life-changing moment. I’m excited to have so many Heisman winners actively participate in the Ceremony this year, including the opportunity to engage with current NFL stars. Welcoming a new member into this prestigious brotherhood is always meaningful, whether we’re celebrating in person or virtually.

“I look forward to honoring these exceptional athletes this year, and I know we are all anticipating a return to New York City in the years to come.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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