Paley Center for Media Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of ESPN
The Paley Center for Media celebrates the 35th Anniversary of ESPN, Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer, and President John Skipper with the Paley Prize for Innovation and Excellence at its Annual New York Spring Benefit Dinner.
ESPN Personalities Robin Roberts, Bob Ley, Chris Berman, Linda Cohn, Keith Olbermann, John Saunders, Michelle Beadle, Mike & Mike Hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, along with Star Athletes and Sports Industry Leaders to Participate
Commissioner Adam Silver of the National Basketball Association, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig of Major League Baseball, Commissioner Don Garber of Major League Soccer, and President Sunil Gulati of the US Soccer Federation, The Walt Disney Corporation, Sirius XM, and Hearst Corporation Serving on Host Committee
The Paley Center for Media will honor ESPN on its 35th anniversary at its annual spring benefit dinner in New York, which will take place on Wednesday, May 28, at 6:30 pm. ESPN, Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer, and President John Skipper will be awarded the Paley Prize for Innovation and Excellence in recognition of their landmark achievements in media and their impact around the globe.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Paley Center's ongoing programs to increase the public's understanding of media and its growing significance in today's society through public, industry, international, and education programs for students and teachers..
The evening will be emceed by anchors Bob Ley and Chris "Boomer" Berman, and each decade in the network's history will be hosted by prominent ESPN on-air personalities: a look back at ESPN in the eighties will be hosted by John Saunders; the nineties Keith Olbermann and Stuart Scott; the 2000's by Mike & Mike hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg; and the current decade by Linda Cohn. SportsNation host Michelle Beadle will provide lively commentary as the "on-the field" roving reporter, speaking to the sports and media luminaries in attendance.
"Thirty-five years ago, ESPN debuted with little fanfare; today, it is the worldwide leader in sports broadcasting, with a fan-centric approach that aims to fuel our passion for the teams we love and provide access to coverage, stats, and information anytime, anywhere," said Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. "The remarkable domestic and international growth of the ESPN footprint during Bodenheimer and Skipper's tenure reflects their ability to identify emerging media platforms and use them to better serve passionate sports fans around the globe."