by Gianluca Errico MONACO. On 23 October 2017, TV Sports Awards 2017 (TVSA) honoured the best achievements from the sport media industry. Two talented sport presenters, Marc Edwards and Rachel Stringer, who undoubtedly delivered a fantastic act, hosted the ceremony, held for the third time at the fascinating Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club Monte Carlo. In conjunction with SPORTEL Monaco, the event was a magnificent occasion to unite and celebrate the success and magical moments of the industry whilst raising money for the Play for Change Charitable Trust. All proceeds from the night will help the charity to continue delivering impactful sport and education programmes for underprivileged children around the world.
With an audience of 300 professionals from the world of sports media, the ceremony began with the presentation of the Tuttosport Golden Boy awarding the Paris Saint-Germain football player: Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe was named Golden Boy 2017 ahead of FC Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Marcus Rashford of ManchesterUnited. The France international came to prominence with AS Monaco’s swashbuckling Ligue 1 title-winning side last season, scoring 15 league goals and also helping them to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. He made the switch to PSG – initially on a loan deal which will become permanent for €180million next year – and has enjoyed a seamless transition, scoring four goals and setting up another five in nine appearances across the Champions League and Ligue 1.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport, which runs the award given to the best player in Europe under the age of 21, announced the results: Mbappe (291) is the winner of the award, followed by Dembele (149), and Rashford (76). The PSG star is succeeding Renato Sanches – who failed to make the top 10. There was a strong Serie A interest in the remainder of the top 10, with Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City (72), Gianluigi Donnarumma – Milan FC goalkeeper (69), Christian Pulisic -Borussia Dortmund (30), Kasper Dolberg –Ajax (27), Emre Mor-Celta Vigo (13), Federico Chiesa – Fiorentina (12), and Rodrigo Bentancur, Juventus (9). At just 17 years of age, Donnarumma became the youngest ever goalkeeper in Italian history, and the youngest player to feature in a match post-World War II. Gigi Donnarumma made his debut for the full Italian national team in a friendly against France on at halftime to replace the legendary Gigi Buffon, who, fittingly, held the record for youngest goalkeeper until Donnarumma came along.
Golden Boy winners since the foundation of the price by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport are as follows: 2003 Van der Vaart; 2004 Rooney, 2005 Messi, 2006 Fabregas, 2007 Aguero, 2008 Anderson, 2009 Pato, 2010 Balotelli, 2011 Gotze, 2012 Isco, 2013 Pogba, 2014 Sterling, 2015 Martial, 2016 Renato Sanches, 2017 Mbappé.
It was a special night for people who are passionate about sport and in particular football. Juan Mata, midfielder for Manchester United won the Play for Change (PFC) award, recognizing his inspirational and influential work with the Common Goal project. The judging panel was formed of international experts from the sport media industry, to shortlist three applications from each category based on the criteria of the award to maintain transparency and consistency. The full list of 2017 TV Sports Awards winners is as follows: Best Live Event Coverage: Eurosport’s Coverage of Tour de France; Best Sports Thematic Channel: Olympic Channel; Best TV Rights Deal: Svensk Elitfotboll domestic deal with Discovery/Eurosport; Best Sports Broadcaster: BBC Sport; Agency of the Year: Infront Sport and Media; Media Executive for the Year: John Gleasure – Perform; Sports Media Company of the Year: Perform; Best Sports Project: ATP Media- Tennis TV & DAZN by Perform; Play for Change Award: Juan Mata for his work with Common Goal. Fantastic entertainment was shown throughout the evening and there was an exclusive auction, powered by Charity Stars, which offered unique items, exclusive memorabilia and ‘money can’t buy experiences’. The 2017 edition of the TV Sports Awards was open to the whole industry to apply and had a very high calibre of nominees. There was a huge interest in the Best Sports Project award category, which is a new category and awarded two winners: Tennis TV by ATP Media and DAZN by Perform. Well done to Perform with three wins and was casted as Sports Media Company of the Year. Play for Change Ambassadors Anne Wafula Strike MBE and Bonita Norris both represented the charity and spoke highly about how sport can positively impact lives.
The TV Sports Awards celebrates excellence in the sports media industry, whilst raising valuable funds for the Play for Change charitable trust and their valuable projects around the world. The event features high profile guests, sporting legends and valued contributors from the world of sports, entertainment and media. The Ceremony in the Salle Des Etoiles, one of the most fascinating event halls in Europe’ part of Sporting Club, started at 7.00 pm with the Champagne reception. At 8.00 pm the Awards presentation took place, followed at 8.30pm by the Gala Dinner. At 9.30pm the Awards ceremony. From 10.00pm until 11:00 pm Live music and auction. The after party of the exquisite TV Sports Awards at the Salle des Etoiles-Sporting Club Montecarlo brought more entertainment, more excitement and more celebration than ever before. Enrol for 2018!