The ESPYS may not have the same lengthy history as the Oscars, Emmys, or Grammys, but the ESPN-produced award ceremony is regarded as the leading awards show in the sports industry.
Fans get to vote on the winners in most of the ESPY categories. This can sometimes lead to surprising results. Here’s a look at some bold predictions of what may happen at the ESPYS on July 10. Tracy Morgan hosts the awards ceremony, which is slated to air live on ABC.
Best Female Athlete
The Best Female Athlete category is being contested by WNBA star Breanna Stewart, U.S. Women’s National Team soccer star Alex Morgan, gymnast Simone Biles, and skier Mikaela Shiffrin.
With voting going on during the Women’s World Cup and the USWNT on people’s minds as they make a push for the title. So, don’t be surprised if Morgan gets the trophy in this category.
Best Male Golfer
In the past, Tiger Woods would be a lock to take home Best Male Golfer honors at the ESPYS. Now, with the comeback year he has had in 2019, he has a shot to win the title again.
However, he has some tough competition in the category with Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose, and Francesco Molinari also nominated. Look for Koepka to potentially have the inside track toward winning the award.
Best Female Tennis Player
Like with Woods in the male golfer category, Serena Williams would appear to be the front-runner for Best Female Tennis Player. But, Naomi Osaka — who beat Serena at the 2018 US Open — is also nominated. That big victory could put her over the top in fan voting.
The other nominees in this category are Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova, but this appears to be a two-woman race between Serena and Osaka.
Best WWE Moment
This voting could come down to the biggest mainstream star in WWE versus the biggest stars in professional wrestling. Ronda Rousey is nominated for winning her first pro wrestling title at Summerslam 2018.
The other three moments that are nominated all feature what are perhaps bigger stories in the wrestling world. However, they feature performers who aren’t as big stars in the mainstream media as Rousey.
Her competition features the likes of WWE stars Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, and Kofi Kingston. Unless a lot of WWE fans vote, look for the “outsider” Rousey to take down this category. This is for the simple reason that she is a name that mainstream sports fans are familiar with. Definitely more so than the other three nominees, who are all WWE-centric stars.
Best Male Athlete
Koepka is the unlikeliest of the quartet to win just because golf isn’t as popular as the three sports his competition compete in. Mahomes or Antetokounmpo seem like the front-runners of the category, but Betts playing in Boston may help him in the voting since the Red Sox seemingly have a bigger fan base nationally than the Chiefs or Bucks.
Best College Athlete
This ESPY category features both the top picks from this year’s NFL and NBA drafts, Kyler Murray and Zion Williamson, respectively. The other two nominees are Oregon women’s basketball player Sabrina Ionescu and UCLA softball player Rachel Garcia.
This award should go to one of the guys based purely on the popularity of the sports, but it’s a question of which one gets more votes. Murray won the Heisman last season, and Williamson missed time with injury.
Murray should win based purely on on-field performance. Williamson, however, may have the advantage because he was just drafted a couple of weeks ago, and thus is fresher in voters’ minds.