Heisman Trophy Award Ceremony Going Virtual in 2021

by Charles Craighill

Like many things in 2020, the Heisman Trophy Award Ceremony will look a little out of the ordinary. Typically, the Heisman Trophy Trust holds the ceremony in New York. In contrast, this year they announced that they will hold the event in Bristol Connecticut at the ESPN Studios.

The ceremony will be held Tuesday, January 5 at 7 PM Eastern time on ESPN. The voting deadline ends December 21, two days after most conference championships. Due to this, the Heisman Trophy Trust will announce finalists on December 24.

How the Heisman Ceremony Will Go

Chris Fowler, Tom Rinaldi, and Maria Taylor will report live from ESPN Studios. They will be the sole in house reporters with Tim Tebow and Desmond Howard joining remotely. All of the players involved will join in from their homes or from their schools, similar to the way the NFL Draft looks. While the winner will not hoist the trophy at the ceremony, hopefully, the joy and honor will remain.

“Although college football may look and feel a lot different, there is no shortage of incredible talent on the gridiron this year,” Mike Comeford of the Heisman Trophy Trust said. “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.”

Sports in 2020

The Heisman Trophy Awards Ceremony is just another event to fall victim to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Since the outbreak in March, we have seen all sports canceled, postponed, and some even out of business. While some leagues and associations found ways around the virus, they came with a cost.

Almost all sports this year have been, to some extent, without fans. The NBA had fans ‘zoom in’ virtually and many of the NFL and college football games began limited capacity seating. The MLB played most of its season without fans but allowed some in the final series of the playoffs.

Virtually all seasons in every sport were postponed in some capacity. The NBA started back up at the end of the summer using the ‘Bubble’ technique, as did the NHL. The PGA postponed The Masters Major tournament to this weekend and the NFL skipped preseason.

For the most part, the major sports organizations have found success in bringing back sports. They have managed outbreaks and held teams and individuals accountable. While it may not feel the same as it used to, we can all agree that it is better than no sports at all.

[H/T Yahoo! Sports]