Tune in to the 2011 ESPYs Live on ESPN Wednesday

The one night of the year that the best athletes in the world trade in their helmets, cleats and uniforms for black tie apparel, could only mean one thing: the 2011 ESPYs. Fans can watch the ESPYs on ESPN, part of DISH Network programming, as the best players, celebrities and sports teams hit the red carpet for a night of honoring numerous achievements in sports for 2010-2011. The ESPN telecast of the award show from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live will begin on Wednesday at 9pm ET with host Seth Myers (‘SNL’) introducing presenters and facilitating the night with humor.

Most of the awards have been voted on by the fans online through ESPN.com, ESPN’s mobile web or Facebook. Below, you’ll find an abbreviated list of the nominees and tonight’s we’ll find out who the actually winners will be:

Best Male Athlete:

  • Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
  • Rafael Nadal (Tennis)
  • Dirk Nowitzki (NBA)
  • Aaron Rogers (NFL)

Best Female Athlete:

  • Kelly Clark (Snowboarding)
  • Lauren Jackson (WNBA)
  • Maya Moore (NCAA Basketball)
  • Lindsey Vonn (Skiing)

Best Championship Performance:

  • Tim Linecum, 2010 MLB Postseason
  • Tim Thomas, Stanley Cup Finals
  • Kemba Walker, Big East Tournament and NCAA Tournament
  • Serena Williams, Wimbledon

Best Breakthrough Athlete:

  • Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Arian Foster, Houston Texans
  • Li Na, Tennis
  • Cam Newton, Auburn Tigers

Best Moment:

  • Fennville HS Basketball Tournament Run
  • Roy Halladay Postseason No-Hitter, MLB
  • Trevor Bayne at Daytona 500, NASCAR

Best NFL Player:

  • Tom Brady, New Englad
  • Arian Foster, Houston
  • Clay Matthew Jr., Green Bay
  • Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh
  • Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

Best NHL Player:

  • Corey Perry, Anaheim
  • Daniel Sedin, Vancouver
  • Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay
  • Tim Thomas, Boston

Best MLB Player:

  • Jose Bautista, Toronto
  • Roy Halladay, Philadelphia
  • Josh Hamilton, Texas
  • Felix Hernandez, Seattle
  • Joey Votto, Cincinnati

Best NBA Player:

  • Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
  • LeBron James, Miami
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
  • Derrick Rose, Chicago

Best Male Golfer:

  • Luke Donald
  • Jim Furyk
  • Graeme McDowell
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Charl Schwartzel

Who do you predict will win any one of the categories mentioned? Anyone you think should have been nominated that didn’t get any recognition? What was your favorite sports moment of the past year? Don’t forget to tune into ESPN/ESPN HD at 9pm ET to catch all the ESPYs actions. To learn more about adding sports programming to your satellite TV package, visit authorized DISH Network retailer, DISH Systems online or call 866-989-3474.

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