Best Game ESPY Award

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The Best Game ESPY Award has been conferred annually since 2002 on the single regular season or playoff game contested professionally under the auspices of one of the four major North American leagues or collegiately under the auspices of the National Collegiate Athletic Association adjudged, in view of its quality, competitiveness, excitement, and significance, to be the best.

Between 2002 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee. The ESPY Awards ceremony is conducted in June and awards conferred reflect performance and achievement over the twelve months previous to presentation.[1]

List of winners[edit]

Year Game or event Date contested League or governing body Sport Winning team Losing team Final score
2002 2001 World Series, game seven November 4, 2001 Major League Baseball Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks New York Yankees 3-2
2003 2003 Fiesta Bowl January 3, 2003 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A American football Ohio State University Buckeyes University of Miami Hurricanes 31-24
(double overtime)
2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII February 1, 2004 National Football League American football New England Patriots Carolina Panthers 32-29
2005 2004 American League Championship Series, game five October 18, 2004 Major League Baseball Baseball Boston Red Sox New York Yankees 5-4
2006 2006 Rose Bowl January 4, 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A American football University of Texas Longhorns University of Southern California Trojans 41-38
2007 2007 Fiesta Bowl January 1, 2007 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I FBS American football Boise State University Broncos University of Oklahoma Sooners 43-42
2008 Super Bowl XLII February 3, 2008 National Football League American football New York Giants New England Patriots 17-14
2009 Super Bowl XLIII February 1, 2009 National Football League American football Pittsburgh Steelers Arizona Cardinals 27-23
2010 Winter Olympics men's hockey gold-medal game February 28, 2010 International Olympic Committee Ice hockey Canada United States 3-2
2011 NFL Week 15 game December 19, 2010 National Football League American football Philadelphia Eagles New York Giants 38–31
2012 2012 NFC Divisional Playoffs January 14, 2012 National Football League American football San Francisco 49ers New Orleans Saints 36-32

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  1. ^ Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance betwixt February 2001 and June 2002.