NFL Honors, the primetime TV show in which the individual Associated Press awards are revealed, will be held for the first time on Thursday and will be broadcast live by ABC.
The show on February 10 will originate at the YouTube Theater at the SoFi Entertainment District in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California, and will also be available on the NFL Network and ESPN+.
In addition to AP awards for MVP, Coach of the Year, Returning Player, Offensive Player and Offensive Rookie, Defensive Player and Defensive Rookie and Assistant Coach of the Year, the program There will be an announcement of the tournament’s Man of the Year Walter Payton.
The 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame place will also be revealed during the telecast, which begins at 9pm EST.
Other awards presented will include a Salute to Service, the Deacon Jones Award for NFL Coverage Leader, and the Art Rooney Sports Spirit Award.
“We’ve wanted to do Thursdays for a few years now,” said Mark Quenzel, senior vice president, head of content, NFL Media. “The main reason is we want to do some bigger events. We have ‘Opening Night’ on Monday and a lot of things, the commissioner’s press conference.
“With the NFL Honors and Super Bowl clearly set to take place on Saturday and Sunday, we thought it would be great to move it earlier in the week and feature more typical events.”
ABC and ESPN+, under the Disney umbrella, replace NBC as the broadcaster. NBC, the company that will have the game, is also broadcasting the Winter Olympics from Beijing in February.
The location is a no-brainer as it’s within the complex that includes the Rams and Chargers’ homes.
“It’s a spectacular venue,” said Quenzel, “arguably the most beautiful place we’ve ever been to, taking nothing of the world. It’s brand new and built right next to the stadium. , has 6,000 seats, is affiliated with the Radio City Music Hall, and it is modern. And then it is surrounded by the beautiful stadium and the courtyard and the lake around it.”
Some have wondered why the Hall of Fame announcement is not a standalone program. Quenzel explained that the introduction of the new class of the year is not just about the NFL Title, but one of the highlights.
“I’m a huge fan of the Hall of Fame and the tournament attached to the hall, and I think having it as part of this program would be better for everyone,” Quenzel said, noting that the hall announcement was made midway through two-hour television, a crucial point for any award show. “Strength in numbers. Certainly that’s a focus, so are the AP awards.
“Look at the aggregate awards that go together. I’m not sure anything on its own will be as robust as with the support of other awards.”
No servers have been identified yet, nor are there any artists for the NFL Honor. But nonetheless the players – present and past – are still in the spotlight.
“NFL Honors has always been the intersection between NFL and entertainment,” said Quenzel. “This kind of show shows up this way. To do NFL Honor is a few hundred yards from where the Super Bowl is going and in the entertainment capital of the world as good as it gets.”
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