The Real Reason The ESPYs Exist

You might think the ESPYs are pointless. You might think they're a blight on humanity. You might think they're everything that's wrong with a network that we all remember being the centerpiece of our lives at some point. You might wonder why they continue with this charade every year.

Obviously ... you're not a presenter. We proudly introduce you to the ESPY Gift Bag, the cavalcade of potpourri given to all presenters and nominees. A sampling:

Zirh: A gift package that includes Smooth Shaving Set, Best Bets Kit and Age-Defying Duo

Invicta: A watch from the "Anatomic Collection"

Keurig: A Special Edition B60 coffee brewer plus a three-month supply of coffee

Starwood Luxury Collection: Complimentary two-night stay in a deluxe ocean front suite at The Atlantic Fort Lauderdale PLUS a 50-minute spa treatment at Spa Atlantic

All told ... pretty good swag. (Our favorite is Dada Footwear.) Get a picture of the full bag and the press release after the jump. So, in case you were wondering why they keep doing the ESPYs: It's because rich people really need more free shit.


July 10, 2006




NEW YORK, NY - To show their appreciation to the celebrity presenters and nominees at The 2006 ESPYS (Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN), ESPN has put together a one-of-a- kind Presenters' and Nominees' Gift Basket filled with exclusive luxury items created especially with this year's recipients in mind.

The following is the list of gifts that each recipient will receive:

Under Armour
An assortment of Under Armour apparel

A Gemini 402 Camcorder

Park Hopper passes

Klipsch Audio
The iGroove all-in-one digital music speaker system

SAMSONITE Black Label Luggage
A Pro-DLX carry-on upright

Edgetech "Pocket Surfer"

Pocket Surfer wireless Internet device that includes complimentary lifetime connection service

A gift certificate for a complimentary one-year subscription to BLOCKBUSTER Online

Mr. Handyman
One day of Handyman Service

A gift certificate for a complimentary year of unlimited yoga at any of their bicoastal studios

The Sports Club/LA
A One Year bicoastal Membership

A gift package that includes Smooth Shaving Set, Best Bets Kit, and Age-Defying Duo

A watch from the "Anatomic Collection"

A Special Edition B60 coffee brewer plus a three-month supply of coffee

A "Harmony 550" Advanced Universal remote

Starwood Luxury Collection
Complimentary two-night stay in a deluxe ocean front suite at The Atlantic Fort Lauderdale PLUS a 50-minute spa treatment at Spa Atlantic

Complimentary 2-night stay in 2- bedroom Oceanfront Suite at The Resort At Singer Island plus 50-minute spa treatment at Si Spa

The Shave of Beverly Hills
A Signature MVP Treatment deluxe signature hot towel shave, haircut and fingernail clip n' clean.

A custom-made shirt

A custom ESPY Messenger bag and gift certificate towards a "Build Your Own Bag" online at

Tiger & Jones
A personalized hand-stitched stationary set

Dada Footwear
The CODE M is an MP3 player integrated in your shoe with a wireless headset and holds up to 100 songs with a 6-hour battery life.

Argyle Spa
A gift certificate for "The Hydrafacial" by Debrah Depiano at Argyle LA

John Varvatos
John Varvatos Fragrance Platinum Set and John Varvatos Fragrance Limited Edition

Hasbro Games
Trivial Pursuit Totally 80's game and gift card for Clue DVD, Bulls Eye Ball 2, Connect Four Folio and Twister Dance Game

Hasbro Toys
VCAM NOW game PLUS gift certificate for: Transformers Cybertron Primus, Sigma 6 Commando Figure, Star Wars Vintage Figure, Furreal Friends Cuddle Chimp, Play-Doh Activity Mats.
A music download gift card for music on

Quiet Comfort 2 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones

Diamonte Cabo San Lucas
A customized Belding Tour Series black leather golf bag.

Dr. Perricone MD
"Perricone Program for increased Tone & Radiance" Starter Set that includes: Citrus Facial Wash, Amine Complex Face Lift, Evening Facial Emolient, Eye Area Therapy, and Face Finishing Moisturizer

Amadeo Decada
A limited Edition tee, leather belt and Gift Card for purchase on

T3 Tourmaline
Overnight Professional ionic hair dryer for travel

Six Flags Theme Parks
A season pass for four

Mondrian Hotel
Two-night hotel suite stay in the newly renovated Mondrian Scottsdale

Rosetta Stone
A gift card for an online language subscription

Dirt Devil
A gift certificate for the Dirt Devil "Reaction" Vacuum

Gift certificate for a choice of shower fixture from their Movario line

Bobbi Brown
Bobbi Brown Face Lotion SPF 15 Creamy Shave Foam, Soothing Face Tonic, Bobbi Brown Lip Tint SPF 15, and Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks

Marchon Eyewear
Sunglasses by Coach, Fendi, and Michael Kors

Mitchell & Ness
An NBA Inspired Warm Up Jackets from various teams, authentic vintage logo and authentic NBA Hardwood Classics collection

Kawesch Laser Center
A gift certificate for Lasik Procedure

ESPN Golf Schools
ESPN Golf Schools 3-Club Tour

Palms Resort and Casino
Complimentary two night stay in Salon suite at the Palms in Las Vegas

One-year VIP membership

Shari's Berries
A gift certificate for online shopping at"

SONY Cierge Membership
A by-invitation-only program membership for premium level service and exclusive access to Sony personal shopping program

Public Enemy
Novel by Will Staeger

Hyperion Books
Natural Selection Real Men Don't Apologize; Education of a Coach; Invincible Glory Road

ESPN Books
Baseball Sudoku; Rules of the Red Rubber Ball; 2006 ESPN Sports Almanac

Home Depot
Gift certificates

Tache Jewelry
Nikos Jewels Selectrum Pendant

Gift certificate for one-hour teeth whitening

Sunset Tan
Gift certificates for tanning or sunless tanning at any of their locations

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year's best sports stories by recognizing major achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2006 ESPYS will include both sport-specific awards such as Best MLB Player and Best WNBA Player and distinguishing "Best in Sport" awards, categories that pit different sports against each other, such as Best Team or Best Female Athlete. The ESPYS are committed to the advancement of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, established by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano and announced at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.


The Real Reason The ESPYs Exist