ESPY Awards 2016: Date, Host, TV Schedule, Awards List and More

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15:  A general view of the stage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday night, athletes will trade in their cleats and sneakers for more sophisticated footwear as the 2016 ESPY Awards roll out the red carpet for the biggest names and personalities in sports. 

WWE Superstar John Cena will host the festivities, and you can see important viewing information and all the nominees below:

2016 ESPY Awards Information
DateTime (ET)LocationTV
Wednesday, July 138 p.m.Microsoft Theater, Los AngelesABC
Source: ESPN.com
List of Awards, Nominees
AwardNomineeNomineeNomineeNomineeNominee
Best Male AthleteStephen Curry, Golden State WarriorsCam Newton, Carolina PanthersBryce Harper, Washington NationalsLeBron James, Cleveland CavaliersN/A
Best Female AthleteBreanna Stewart, UConn women's basketballElena Delle Donne, Chicago SkyKatie Ledecky, swimmingSimone Biles, gymnasticsN/A
Best Championship PerformanceVon Miller, Denver BroncosCarli Lloyd, U.S. women's national soccer teamSidney Crosby, Pittsburgh PenguinsLeBron James, CavaliersN/A
Best Breakthrough AthleteJake Arrieta, Chicago CubsConor McGregor, MMAChloe Kim, snowboardingKarl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota TimberwolvesN/A
Best Record-Breaking PerformanceStephen Curry's 402 3-pointersGeno Auriemma's 11th national championship w/ UConn women's basketballChristian McCaffrey's 3,864 All-Purpose YardsN/AN/A
Best UpsetHolly Holm's KO of Ronda RouseyNo. 15 Middle Tennessee win over No. 2 Michigan St. in NCAA tournamentRoberta Vinci's win over Serena Williams at U.S. OpenN/AN/A
Best GameUNC vs. Villanova in NCAA men's basketball finalArizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers, NFC Divisional PlayoffsCleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors, NBA FinalsN/AN/A
Best TeamCleveland CavaliersPittsburgh PenguinsKansas City RoyalsDenver BroncosVillanova Men's Basketball
Best Team (cont.)Alabama FootballUConn Women's BasketballN/AN/AN/A
Best Coach/ManagerNed Yost, Kansas City RoyalsGeno Auriemma, UConn women's basketballJay Wright, Villanova men's basketballNick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide footballTyronn Lue, Cleveland Cavaliers
Best MLB PlayerBryce Harper, NationalsJake Arrieta, CubsJosh Donaldson, Toronto Blue JaysMike Trout, Los Angeles AngelsClayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Best NHL PlayerPatrick Kane, Chicago BlackhawksAlexander Ovechkin, Washington CapitalsSidney Crosby, Pittsburgh PenguinsJoe Pavelski, San Jose SharksBraden Holtby, Washington Capitals
Best FighterConor McGregor, MMAGennady Golovkin, BoxingCanelo Alvarez, BoxingRobbie Lawler, MMARoman Gonzalez, Boxing
Best NFL PlayerCam Newton, Carolina PanthersTom Brady, New England PatriotsJ.J. Watt, Houston TexansAntonio Brown, Pittsburgh SteelersJulio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Best NBA PlayerStephen Curry, Golden State WarriorsKawhi Leonard, San Antonio SpursLeBron James, Cleveland CavaliersKevin Durant, Oklahoma City ThunderRussell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Best WNBA PlayerElena Delle Donne, Chicago SkyMaya Moore, Minnesota LynxAngel McCoughtry, Atlanta DreamTina Charles, New York LibertyDeWanna Bonner, Phoenix Mercury
Best DriverScott Dixon, IndyCarKyle Busch, NASCARLewis Hamilton, Formula OneErica Enders-Stevens, NHRAAlexander Rossi, IndyCar
Best JockeyMario GutierrezKent DesormeauxIrad Ortiz Jr.Javier CastellanoN/A
Best BowlerJason BelmonteJesper SvenssonAnthony SimonsenRyan CiminelliN/A
Best MLS PlayerSebastian Giovinco, Toronto FCKei Kamara, Columbus CrewLaurent Ciman, Montreal ImpactLuis Robles, New York Red BullsN/A
Best International AthleteCristiano Ronaldo, soccerNovak Djokovic, tennisLydia Ko, women's golfLuis Suarez, soccerCanelo Alvarez, boxing
Best Male GolferJason DayDustin JohnsonDanny WillettJordan SpiethN/A
Best Female GolferLydia KoInbee ParkBrooke HendersonAriya JutanugarnN/A
Best Male Tennis PlayerNovak DjokovicAndy MurrayRoger FedererN/AN/A
Best Female Tennis PlayerAngelique KerberFlavia PennettaSerena WilliamsGarbine MuguruzaN/A
Best Male College AthleteDerrick Henry, Alabama footballBuddy Hield, Oklahoma basketballJordan Morris, Stanford soccerJarrion Lawson, Arkansas track and fieldAlex Dieringer, Oklahoma State wrestling
Best Female College AthleteBreanna Stewart, UConn basketballRaquel Rodriguez, Penn State soccerSamantha Bricio, USC volleyballTaylor Cummings, Maryland lacrosseSierra Romero, Michigan softball
Best Male Athlete with a DisabilityRichard Browne, track and fieldJoe Berenyi, cyclingAaron Fotheringham, WCMXNikko Landeros, ice hockeyBrad Snyder, swimming
Best Female Athlete with a DisabilityTatyana McFadden, marathonsHeather Erickson, volleyballOksana Masters, cross-country skiingShawn Morelli, cycling
Best Male Action Sports AthleteRyan Dungey, motocrossGus Kenworthy, freestyle skiingNyjah Huston, skateboardingPedro Barros, skateboardingMark McMorris, snowboarding
Best Female Action Sports AthleteChloe Kim, snowboardingKeala Kennelly, surfingJamie Anderson, snowboardingCarissa Moore, surfingN/A
Best PlayAaron Rodgers Hail Mary vs. CardinalsKris Jenkins buzzer beater vs. UNCLeBron James Game 7 block vs. WarriorsMichigan St. blocked punt vs. MichiganN/A
Source: ESPN.com

One of the most special awards of the evening, the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, is going to TNT NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager.

ESPN.com explained the award:

The Jimmy V Award is given to someone in sports who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination. It is named for Valvano, the NCAA-winning coach who gave an emotional acceptance speech at the 1993 ESPYS that included his famous words "Don't Give Up ... Don't Ever Give Up!" He died of cancer later that year.

The 65-year-old Sager initially underwent treatment for leukemia throughout 2014 and returned to his post at TNT in March 2015. However, he revealed this March that the cancer was no longer in remission:

But Sager stayed courtside for the entire season, dazzling fans with his unique suits and providing viewers with vital information on their favorite teams and players. 

In the process, he's seen an outpouring of affection from all corners of the league, including from the usually stern head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich:

He even had the opportunity to work Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. It was the first time in his storied career that he worked the Finals, and all in attendance enjoyed his presence:

Now, Sager is being recognized for his bravery and composure in a difficult situation that too many people have been forced to go through. While the sporting world has another opportunity to celebrate him, it offers a sobering reminder that these superstars are only playing a game.