Samuel L to be on call

THE media will get an opportunity to take part in a conference call with Samuel L Jackson tomorrow at 6pm.

THE media will get an opportunity to take part in a conference call with Samuel L Jackson tomorrow at 6pm.

The executive producer is Maura Mandt and the number to call is 877-795-3635, passcode: 575-1694. To reserve your space for this rendezvous, you need to RSVP to Jennifer Cingari or reach her at jennifer.j.cingari@ espn.com or 212-515-1084. Callers should dial five to 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Whether journalists will get a chance to ask Jackson, pictured , questions remains to be seen.

The call should give some flavour ahead of the United States' ESPY annual sports awards. The ESPYs will be broadcast on ESPN, DStv Channel 230, at 8pm on Tuesday, July 21.

Equally interesting is that Nelson Mandela will be getting a lifetime achievement award at this year's ceremony.

The ESPYs represent Jackson's fourth ESPY hosting experience. The 2009 event, co-presented by Under Armour and Land Rover, will be recorded on Wednesday, July 15, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and televised in the US at 9pm on Sunday, July 19.

The ESPYs gather celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year by recognising sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting leading performers.

This year's awards will recognise both sport-specific achievements, such as Best Major League Baseball Player and Best Women's National Basketball Association Player, as well as best-in-sport winners, such as Best Team or Best Female Athlete, which pit nominees from different sports against each other.

The ESPYs also honour ESPN's commitment to the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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