As the 2020 Heisman Trophy Ceremony approaches, ESPN has announced their network and digital coverage of the annual event.

What’s Happening:

  • As previously announced ESPN will televise the 86th Heisman Trophy Ceremony presented by Nissan on Tuesday, January 5, at 7 pm ET.
  • 2020 marks the first that the Heisman Ceremony will be hosted at ESPN Studios in Bristol, CT.
  • Chris Fowler will serve as host, joined by reporter Maria Taylor.
  • ESPN analysts and former Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard (1991) and Tim Tebow (2007) will contribute remotely, as will other past winners.
  • All four 2020 finalists will join the ceremony via satellite from home or their schools. This year’s group includes:
  • The broadcast will feature a brand new graphics and animations package designed by ESPN’s Creative Services team for the Heisman Ceremony.
  • In November, ESPN announced a new multi-year agreement with The Heisman Trust. The network has been the exclusive home of the Heisman Trophy Ceremony since 1994.

ESPN Digital and Social

  • Prior to the main event, The Heisman Show will air live from 6:30-7 pm on ESPN’s social and digital platforms including:
    • @espn on Twitter
    • ESPN on Facebook
    • ESPN YouTube
    • ESPN App
  • The Heisman Show is hosted by Christine Williamson and Harry Lyles Jr. and will offer a mix of analysis and interviews with the Heisman Ceremony broadcast team, Heisman Trophy finalists, and former Heisman Trophy winners. highlights:

  • Lyles Jr. will write about DeVonta Smith, the changing nature of college football, and “why it’s past time for a wide receiver to win the Heisman again.”
  • Profiles on each of the finalists.
  • Following the Heisman Ceremony, Adam Rittenberg will have a too-early look at top 2021 Heisman candidates for ESPN+.
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