The Musial Awards, a one-of-a-kind event honoring extraordinary sportsmanship, now has a national platform. CBS Sports has become the official television partner of the event. CBS will broadcast the 2019 Musial Awards nationally as a one-hour television special. It will air after the live show takes place on Nov. 23 at Stifel Theatre in St. Louis.
The Musial Awards, presented by Maryville University, celebrate the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and those in sports who embody class and character. The event is named for Baseball Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial, a beloved superstar and civic icon who personified sportsmanship. Shining a spotlight on kindness, selflessness, integrity and civility, the Musial Awards aim to inspire people across the nation to be good sports. The event is produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation.
“This is a wonderful milestone in the development and growth of what we call the most important awards in sports,” said St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito. “It has long been our goal to impact the way people view and value sportsmanship. To now be able to tell our inspiring stories and showcase our honorees to a national audience is so meaningful to our efforts. We are grateful to CBS Sports for believing in this initiative and for showing so much enthusiasm for our program.”
In addition to airing on the CBS broadcast network, the Musial Awards will also run at least twice on cable’s CBS Sports Network. Dates and times for all airings will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We are thrilled that the entire nation will have the chance to experience the Musial Awards and the heartwarming stories that represent the best in sports and humanity,” said Mark Lombardi, president of Maryville University, which has served as the event’s presenting sponsor since 2011. “With its power to uplift and inspire, this is truly one of the great nights in sports. We’re very proud to have this St. Louis-grown event make it to a national stage.”
The Musial Awards has taken place in St. Louis since 2005. The event occurs annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the historic 3,100-seat Stifel Theatre in Downtown St. Louis. Over time, the event has honored the most remarkable acts of sportsmanship and some of the most respected people in sports. Honorees have included the late golf legend Arnold Palmer; Baseball Hall of Famers Joe Torre, Cal Ripken Jr., and Jim Thome; Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee; women’s basketball star Tamika Catchings; NASCAR driver Carl Edwards; Little League World Series sensation Mo’ne Davis; sportscaster Ernie Johnson; and Loyola University Basketball Chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt.
This year’s honorees will be announced in October. Tickets for the 2019 Musial Awards go on sale on Friday, Aug. 23. For more information on the Musial Awards, visit MusialAwards.com.