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How to watch the 2019 ESPY Awards online for free

The USWNT, fresh off a World Cup win, will be in the house.


Jaime Carrillo


Posted on Jul 10, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 8:58 am CDT

It’s ESPY night! On Wednesday the year’s best moments in sports are siphoned into awards. It’s a great excuse to gather beloved athletes in a room and toast ’em. This year the ESPYs are also a chance to raise our glass (or remote control) in appreciation of the U.S. Women’s National Team, which on Sunday won the World Cup for the fourth time. Soccer stars like Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and Rose Lavelle are scheduled to be in the house—and they are a safe bet to walk away with hardware.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2019 ESPY Awards for free via live stream, and check out the nominations below.

Who is the 2019 ESPY Awards host?

Comedian Tracy Morgan will be serving as host and presenter.

When do the 2019 ESPY Awards air?

The awards start Wednesday, July 10, at 8pm ET. The red carpet preshow starts an hour earlier.

What channel are 2019 ESPY Awards on?

The ESPY Awards are on, wait for it, ABC. They are NOT on ESPN. They’ll also stream via, but you’ll need a dish or cable login to watch.

How to watch the 2019 ESPY Awards for free

ABC is available on a handful of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. Thankfully, no matter which service you pick, you’ll start with a one-week trial, so you can watch the ESPY Awards for free. And of course, if you have a TV antenna you can watch for free at home. But folks without a TV may want to consider one of these second-screen options.

1) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu Live TV

Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy. Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.



2) PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue

If you have a PS4 and are into the idea of having your gaming and streaming needs met in the same place, PlayStation Vue is made for you. Jumping from your favorite game to your favorite show is seamless, and controlling it is as intuitive as playing an actual game. Your PS4 controller is your remote, after all. Still, you don’t need a PS4 to enjoy this service. You can also use a Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and even Kodi. Plus, you’ll get awesome channels like AMC, BBC America, and Bravo in PlayStation Vue’s entry-level package. One subscription works with up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage, which makes it one of the most binge-friendly solutions. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)


3) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts. Each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels. Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


2019 ESPY Awards nominees

Best Team

  • Boston Red Sox, MLB
  • New England Patriots, NFL
  • Clemson Tigers, NCAA Division I football
  • Toronto Raptors, NBA
  • Baylor Lady Bears, NCAA women’s basketball
  • Virginia Cavaliers, NCAA men’s basketball
  • U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Best Male Athlete

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
  • Brooks Koepka, Golf
  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Best Female Athlete

  • Simone Biles, Gymnast
  • Alex Morgan, USWNT
  • Mikaela Shiffrin, U.S. Skiing
  • Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

Best Breakthrough Athlete

  • Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Naomi Osaka, U.S. Open, Australian Open champ
  • Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks 

Best College Athlete

  • Rachel Garcia, UCLA softball – USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
  • Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon WBB – 2019 Wooden Award winner
  • Kyler Murray, Oklahoma football – 2018 Heisman Trophy winner
  • Zion Williamson, Duke MBB – 2019 Wooden Award winner

Best Game

  • NCAA football – LSU vs. Texas A&M
  • NFL Week 11 – LA Rams (54) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (51) 
  • NCAA Women’s Final Four – Notre Dame (81) vs. UConn (76) 

Best Record-Breaking Performance

  • Matthew Boling – Became the first-ever high schooler to win the 100-meter dash.
  • Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) – Most completions on NFL history.
  • Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon basketball) – Recorded her 13th triple-double.
  • Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) – Broke the NBA 3-point record.

Best Play

  • Miami Miracle
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Derrick Henry
  • UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi

Best Viral Sports Moment

  • Rudolph “Blaze” Ingram 
  • Texas A&M’s Infinite Tucker 
  • Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA gymnastics 
  • Sister Mary Jo 

Best Upset

  • NCAA football
  • 2018 U.S. Open
  • NHL 
  • Boxing

Best NFL Player

  • Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
  • Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
  • Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Best NBA Player

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
  • Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets

Best WNBA Player

  • Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
  • Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
  • Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
  • Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

Best MLB Player

  • Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
  • Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
  • Blake Snell, Tampa Bays Rays
  • Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

Best Male Golfer

  • Brooks Koepka
  • Francesco Molinari
  • Justin Rose
  • Tiger Woods

Best Female Golfer

  • Brooke Henderson
  • Ariya Jutanugarn
  • Jin-Young Ko
  • Sung Hyun Park

Best International Soccer Men’s Player

  • Kylian Mbappe, France ( Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Lionel Messi, Argentina (FC Barcelona) 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal (Juventus)
  • Virgil Van Dyke, Netherlands (Liverpool)

Best International Soccer Women’s Player

  • Lucy Bronze, England (Olympique Lyonnais)
  • Pernille Harder, Denmark (VfL Wolfsburg) 
  • Ada Hegerberg, Norway (Olympique Lyonnais)
  • Sam Kerr, Australia (Chicago Red Stars)

Best MLS Player

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy
  • Aaron Long, New York Red Bulls
  • Josef Martinez, Atlanta United
  • Wayne Rooney, DC United

Best NWSL Player

  • Abby Erceg, North Carolina Courage
  • Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns
  • Lindsey Horan, Portland Thorns
  • Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars

Best Male Tennis Player

  • Novak Djokovic
  • Roger Federer
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas

Best Female Tennis Player

  • Simona Halep
  • Petra Kvitová
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Serena Williams

Best NHL Player

  • Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Best Driver

  • Kyle Busch, NASCAR
  • Scott Dixon, IndyCar
  • Lewis Hamilton, F1
  • Steve Torrence, NHRA

Best Male Action Sports Athlete

  • Nyjah Huston (USA), skateboard
  • Scotty James (Australia), snowboard
  • Gabriel Medina (Brazil), surf
  • Tom Pages (France), freestyle motocross

Best Female Action Sports Athlete

  • Stephanie Gilmore (Australia), surf
  • Chloe Kim (USA), snowboard
  • Kelly Sildaru (Estonia), ski
  • Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (New Zealand), snowboard

Best Boxer

  • Canelo Alvarez
  • Terence Crawford
  • Vasily Lomachenko
  • Oleksandr Usyk

Best MMA Fighter

  • Israel Adesanya
  • Henry Cejudo
  • Daniel Cormier
  • Amanda Nunes

Best Jockey

  • Florent Geroux
  • Irad Ortiz Jr.
  • Jose Ortiz
  • Mike Smith

Best Male Athlete with a Disability

  • Mark Barr, Triathlon
  • Declan Farmer, Hockey
  • Daniel Romanchuk, Marathon Racing
  • Oz Sanchez, Cycling

Best Female Athlete with a Disability

  • Oksana Masters, Nordic skiing
  • Tatyana McFadden, Marathon racing
  • Shawn Morelli, Cycling
  • Allysa Seely, Triathlon
  • Best Bowler
  • Jason Belmonte
  • Jakob Butturff
  • Norm Duke
  • Anthony Simonsen

Best WWE Moment

  • Kofi Kingston
  • Becky Lynch 
  • Roman Reigns 
  • Ronda Rousey 

Best Esports Moment

  • Larry’s return to the NBA 2K League after the Jacksonville shooting
  • Ninja Fortnite win with Marshmello at E3 ProAM

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*First Published: Jul 10, 2019, 1:52 pm CDT