NOMINEES FOR THE 30TH ANNUAL SPORTS EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCE AT IMG WORLD CONGRESS OF SPORTS

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NOMINEES FOR THE 30TH ANNUAL SPORTS EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCE AT IMG WORLD CONGRESS OF SPORTS

Winners to be Honored During the April 27th Ceremony At Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Dick Ebersol To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

New York, NY – April 2, 2009 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 30th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards at the IMG World Congress of Sports at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami, Florida.  Frank Radice, President of NATAS was joined by Ross Greenberg, President of HBO Sports and David Levy President of Turner Sports in making the announcement.

At the 30th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards, winners in 32 categories including outstanding live sports special, live series, sports documentary, studio show, promotional announcements, play-by-play personality and studio analyst will be honored.  The Awards will be given out at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center on April 27th, 2009 in New York City.

In addition, Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award that evening. He is the winner of 24 Sports Emmy® Awards and has received the NATAS Trustees Award.

Dick Ebersol, who has led NBC Sports for 20 years, is renowned for his ability to amass large television audiences. Most recently, Ebersol architected two record-breaking television events: The Beijing Olympic Games, the most watched event in U.S. history, and Super Bowl XLIII, which delivered the largest single audience. Remarkably, he has now produced seven of the top ten most-watched events of all time.

Ebersol is recognized as a creative producer and a skilled promoter. Under his leadership, NBC Sports has come to represent superior production that elevates sport, broad promotion and mutually-beneficially partnerships. His crowning achievement has been establishing NBC Universal as the home of the Olympic Games, TV’s most powerful franchise, through 2012. He has served as executive producer of every Olympics NBC
has broadcast since 1992. Ebersol also has served as executive producer for five Super Bowls and is executive producer for “Sunday Night Football.” He negotiated the landmark NFL deal which saw the League’s premier primetime package move to Sunday night and includes innovative flexible scheduling.

Over four decades in the industry, Ebersol stands alone as an executive who has played a prominent role in the wide-ranging fields of sports, entertainment and news. Starting his career at ABC Sports under the legendary Roone Arledge, Ebersol went on to create “Saturday Night Live” with Lorne Michaels, before returning to his roots in sports. Along the way, he has collected numerous accolades and honors including induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Fortune sums up Ebersol’s accomplishments by saying he “has practically done it all in a storied TV career.”

Many of the leading sports broadcasters, personalities and television professionals will be presenters at the event.  American Airlines and Grass Valley are the official sponsors of the 30th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.  Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal is the exclusive magazine partner.

A breakdown of the nominees by network and platform as well as a full list of nominees compiled by the accounting firm of Lutz and Carr, LLP, New York, follows this release.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, and Business & Financial Reporting.  Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.   Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv.
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For Press information, please contact:
Paul Pillitteri
Director, Communication/NATAS
ppillitteri@emmyonline.tv
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Breakdown Of Multiple Program / Series Nominations

Program
                                               Nominations                    Network

Games of the XXIX Olympiad                      12                               NBC

Outside the Lines                                        9                                 ESPN

ESPN NASCAR                                           5                                 ABC / ESPN / ESPN2

NASCAR on FOX                                        5                                 FOX

Sport Science                                             5                                 FSN

Amazing Sports Stories                              4                                 FSN

Calzaghe-Jones 24/7                                 4                                 HBO

E: 60                                                          4                                ESPN

ESPN Monday Night Football                     4                                ESPN

2008 NCAA Basketball on CBS                  3                                CBS

FOX NFL Sunday                                       3                                FOX

NBA on TNT                                               3                                TNT

NFL on FOX                                               3                                FOX

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel                3                                HBO

2008 Masters                                             2                                ESPN

Baseball’s Golden Age                              2                                FSN

De La Hoya/Pacquiao 24/7                        2                               HBO

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with              2                               HBO
the Dallas Cowboys

MLB on FOX                                              2                               FOX

NFL on CBS                                               2                              CBS

Sunday Night Football                               2                              ESPN

Sunday NFL Countdown                           2                             NBC

 

2008 – 2009 Emmy Awards For Sports
Number Of Nominations By Network

Network                                       Nominations

ESPN                                               42

NBC                                                 28
 
FOX                                                 18
 
HBO                                                 18
 
Turner                                             14

FSN                                                  12
 
CBS                                                  11

NFL                                                   10
 
ABC                                                   8

ESPN2                                               3

Showtime                                         3
 
A&E                                                   1

BackOnTopps.com                          1

Big Ten Network                              1

DIRECTV                                           1

ESPN Classic                                    1

Golf Channel                                     1

PGATOUR.com                                   1

VOOM                                                  1

 

The Nominations

OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL

108th U.S. Open Championship                                                                               NBC

NASCAR on FOX: Daytona 500                                                                                 FOX

Super Bowl XLII                                                                                                           FOX

The Championships, Wimbledon                                                                            NBC
Gentlemen’s Final

X Games 14                                                                                                                 ESPN

 

OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SERIES

ESPN College Football                                                                                                   ABC

ESPN Monday Night Football                                                                                     ESPN

NASCAR                                                                                                                           TNT

TNT Summer Series

NASCAR on FOX                                                                                                           FOX

NBC Sunday Night Football                                                                                          NBC

 

OUTSTANDING LIVE EVENT TURNAROUND

2008 Bassmaster Classic                                                      ESPN2
                                                                                                 Career Sports Entertainment

2008 Tour de France                                                             CBS

2008 World Series of Poker: Final Table                             ESPN

Games of the XXIX Olympiad                                                NBC

Inside the PGA Tour                                                               Golf Channel

The Deutsche Bank Championship                                     PGA Tour Productions

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS SPECIAL

2008 Beijing Paralympics                                                       NBC

Calzaghe-Jones 24/7                                                               HBO

The 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship                     NBC
Ironman Productions

The Greatest Game Ever Played                                          ESPN

Varsity Rivals                                                                          CBS
Intersport / NFL Films

 

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

Big Ten Short Stories                                                                                   Big Ten Network
            Friends of Jaclyn Special Edition

Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football                                      HBO

Joe Louis: America’s Hero Betrayed                                                                           HBO

Jose Canseco:  Last Shot                                                                                               A&E
                                                                                         The Trifecta Production Company

The Streak                                                                                                                     ESPN2

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS SERIES / ANTHOLOGY

Americas Game: The Missing Rings                                                              NFL Network
NFL Films

Baseball’s Golden Age                                                                                                     FSN

De La Hoya/Pacquiao 24/7                                                                                             HBO

HBO Boxing: Countdown Shows                                                                                  HBO

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel                                                                                  HBO

Road to Redemption                                                                                                     ESPN
                                                                                                                  NBA Entertainment

Sport Science                                                                                                                    FSN

 

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW – WEEKLY

College Gameday (Football)                                                                         ESPN

Football Night in America                                                                             NBC

FOX NFL Sunday                                                                                            FOX

Inside the NFL                                                                                               CBS / Showtime 
                                                                                                                        NFL Films

Monday Night Countdown                                                                                           ESPN

Sunday NFL Countdown                                                                                              ESPN

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW – DAILY

Baseball Tonight                                                                                                            ESPN

Inside the NBA – Playoffs                                                                                                TNT

MLB Postseason Studio                                                                                                  TBS

Outside the Lines First Report                                                                                     ESPN

Pardon the Interruption                                                                                                ESPN

OUTSTANDING SPORTS JOURNALISM

E: 60                                                                                                                                 ESPN
            Gymnastics Abuse

Outside the Lines                                                                                                           ESPN
            Concerns in Happy Valley

Outside the Lines                                                                                                           ESPN
            O.J. Mayo’s Inner Circle

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel                                                                                  HBO
            Horse Slaughter: Running For Their Lives

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel                                                                                  HBO
            NFL Stadium Drinking

 

OUTSTANDING SHORT FEATURE

2008 NCAA Basketball on CBS                                                                                    CBS
            Jason Ray Feature

E: 60                                                                                                                                 ESPN
            The Power of One – Adam Bender

Outside the Lines                                                                                                           ESPN
            John Challis

Outside the Lines                                                                                                           ESPN
            Roller Derby Revival

Outside the Lines                                                                                                           ESPN
            Touching Them All

 

OUTSTANDING LONG FEATURE

2008 NCAA Basketball on CBS – Final Four                                                              CBS
            Zambias Hope Feature

Outside the Lines                                                                                                           ESPN
            Kick for Nick

Outside the Lines                                                                                                           ESPN
            Louis Mulkey

Outside the Lines                                                                                                           ESPN
            Richard Jensen

 

OUTSTANDING OPEN / TEASE

ESPN NASCAR                                                                                                                  ABC
            Indianapolis 500

Games of the XXIX Olympiad: The Clock of Their Lives                                         NBC

NBA All-Star Game                                                                                                           TNT
            Chris Rock All-Star Tease

NFL on FOX: Super Bowl XLII                                                                                         FOX
            Super Bowl XLII – Perfection                                                                                          

Saturday Night Football: Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys               NFL Network

OUTSTANDING NEW APPROACHES SPORTS EVENT COVERAGE

Games of the XXIX Olympiad: Beyond the Broadcast                   NBCOlympics.com
                                                                                                                                  NBC Sports                                                                                                                                                                                      
NASCAR.com RaceBuddy                                                                             NASCAR.com
Turner Sports

NBA League Pass Broadband                                                                              NBA.com
Turner Sports

NBA.com – TNT OverTime 2008 All-Star Saturday                                          NBA.com
Turner Sports

NFL Sunday Ticket Experience                                                                           DIRECTV

NFL.com LIVE: Thursday and Saturday Night Football                                  NFL.com
                                                                                                                             NFL Network

 

OUTSTANDING NEW APPROACHES SPORTS PROGRAMMING

Amazing Sports Stories                                                                                                 FSN

Ring Life                                                                                                               HBO.com
                                                                                                                                 HBO Sports

Sport Science                                                                                                                    FSN

YouTube Baby                                                                                                        ESPN.com

 

OUTSTANDING NEW APPROACHES – SPORTS PROGRAMMING – SHORT FORMAT

Anatomy of a Play                                                                                                    NFL.com
                                                                                                            NFL Network/NFL Films

Back on Topps                                                                                       BackOnTopps.com
The Tornante Company / El Chopper Quatro

Mayne Street                                                                                                           ESPN.com
NFL Ultimate Audio on NFL.com                                                                            NFL.com
                                                                                                             NFL Network/NFL Films

No Love Lost                                                                                                          ESPN.com
Outside the Ropes                                                                                       PGATOUR.com
PGA Tour Productions

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO HOST

Bob Costas                                                                                                            NBC / HBO

Bryant Gumbel                                                                                                                HBO

Chris Berman                                                                                                                 ESPN

Ernie Johnson                                                                                                         TNT / TBS

James Brown                                                                                                 CBS / Showtime

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – PLAY-BY-PLAY

Al Michaels                                                                                                                       NBC

Dan Hicks                                                                                                                          NBC

Jim Nantz                                                                                                                          CBS

Joe Buck                                                                                                                           FOX

Mike Emrick                                                                                                                     NBC 

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO ANALYST

Cris Collinsworth                                                                 NBC / Showtime / CBS / HBO

John Kruk                                                                                                                       ESPN

Steve Mariucci                                                                                                 NFL Network

Terry Bradshaw                                                                                                              FOX

Tom Jackson                                                                                                               ESPN

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – SPORTS EVENT ANALYST

Cris Collinsworth                                                                                     NFL Network / NBC

Doug Collins                                                                                                                      TNT

John Madden                                                                                                                    NBC

Johnny Miller                                                                                                                    NBC

Ron Jaworski                                                                                                                  ESPN

Tim McCarver                                                                                                                  FOX

 

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM REMOTE

2008 Winter X Games                                                                                      ESPN / ABC

ESPN Monday Night Football                                                                                     ESPN

ESPN NASCAR                                                                                   ABC / ESPN / ESPN2

Games of the XXIX Olympiad                                                                                       NBC

NASCAR on FOX                                                                                                              FOX

Red Bull Air Race World Series                                                                                  FSN

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM STUDIO

ESPN NASCAR                                                                                   ABC / ESPN / ESPN2

Games of the XXIX Olympiad                                                                                       NBC

MLB Postseason                                                                                                              TBS

Sport Science                                                                                                                    FSN

Sunday NFL Countdown                                                                                              ESPN

 

OUTSTANDING CAMERA WORK

2008 Masters                                                                                                                  ESPN
            Open

2008 NCAA Basketball on CBS – Final Four                                                                 CBS
            Zambias Hope

Amazing Sports Stories                                                                                                   FSN
                                                                                                                             Red Line Films

Calzaghe-Jones 24/7                                                                                                       HBO
Games of the XXIX Olympiad: The Clock of Their Lives                                         NBC

Quest for the Cup                                                                                                         VOOM
NASCAR Media Group

 

OUTSTANDING EDITING

Amazing Sports Stories                                                                                                   FSN
            Joe Jennette: The Fighter Who Refused to Quit                          Red Line Films 

Calzaghe-Jones 24/7                                                                                                       HBO

Games of the XXIX Olympiad: Olympic Profiles                                                       NBC

Games of the XXIX Olympiad: Remember the Titans                                              NBC
NBA on TNT                                                                                                                        TNT

The Championships, Wimbledon                                                                              ESPN

THE DICK SCHAAP WRITING AWARD

Baseball’s Golden Age                                                                                                 FSN
                                                                                                  Black Canyon Productions

British Open                                                                                                                   TNT

De La Hoya/Pacquiao 24/7                                                                                         HBO

FOX NFL Sunday                                                                                                           FOX
            Super Bowl XLII – Perfection                                                                                          

NBA on TNT                                                                                                                     TNT

NFL Films Presents: Lost in Confetti                                                          NFL Network
                                                                                                                                    NFL Films

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION / DIRECTION / LYRICS

2008 Masters                                                                                                                  ESPN
            Open

E: 60                                                                                                                                    ESPN
            Homeless Hoops

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball – Final Game at Yankee Stadium                           ESPN
            Opening Tease

Games of the XXIX Olympiad: The Clock of Their Lives                                           NBC

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Dallas Cowboys                                           HBO
                                                                                                                                      NFL Films

NFL on CBS                                                                                                                         CBS
            AFC Championship Game Tease

 

 

OUTSTANDING LIVE EVENT AUDIO / SOUND

ESPN NASCAR                                                                                   ABC / ESPN / ESPN2

Games of the XXIX Olympiad                                                                                       NBC

MLB on FOX                                                                                                                   FOX

NASCAR on FOX                                                                                                           FOX

NFL on FOX                                                                                                                    FOX

OUTSTANDING POST PRODUCED AUDIO / SOUND

Calzaghe-Jones 24/7                                                                                                      HBO

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Dallas Cowboys                                         HBO
                                                                                                                                    NFL Films

MLB ’08: An Epic Season                                                                                            ESPN
            Wireless                                                                                         MLB Productions

Road to the Super Bowl                                                                                                  FOX
NFL Films

 

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC DESIGN

E: 60                                                                                                                                 ESPN
            2008 Season

Games of the XXIX Olympiad                                                                                       NBC

MLB on FOX                                                                                                                      FOX

NBA on ABC                                                                                                       ABC / ESPN
            2008 NBA Finals

Sport Science                                                                                                                 FSN

Super Bowl XLII / FOX NFL Sunday                                                                            FOX

 

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN / ART DIRECTION

Amazing Sports Stories                                                                                                   FSN
                                                                                                                            Red Line Films

Figure Skating                                                                                                     ABC / ESPN
            2008 World Figure Skating Championships

NFL on CBS                                                                                                                         CBS
            AFC Championship Game Tease

Sport Science                                                                                                                    FSN

The Secret Game                                                                                            ESPN Classic
                                                                                                                            Red Line Films

 

THE GEORGE WENSEL TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

ESPN Axis                                                                                     ESPN / ESPN2 / ESPNews

ESPN NASCAR                                                                                                ABC / ESPN2

Games of the XXIX Olympiad                                                                                       NBC
            NBC’s Three Screens Olympics (Beijing & at Home)

Virtual Playbook / Augmented Reality                                                                       ESPN

 

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT- INSTITUTIONAL

2008 Fantasy Football                                                                                    NFL Network
            Blues                                                                                                    Restless Films

ESPN Monday Night Football – Is it Monday Yet?                                                  ESPN
            Alarm Clocks, Customers, Cubicles                                                             MJZ

MLB ALL Star Game 2008                                                                                            FOX
            Raftors                                                                                Buf, Fox Sports Design

NBA on TNT Playoffs                                                                                                     TNT
            Terrence Howard Tease

This is SportsCenter                                                                                                 ESPN
            More Hips, Conditioning Coach, Explosive Speed                      Hungry Man

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT – EPISODIC

2008 NFL Training Camp                                                         NFL Network / NFL.com
            In Rhythm                                                                                             NFL Network

2009 Winter Classic                                                                                                   NBC

ESPN Monday Night Football – Is it Monday Yet?                                                ESPN
            Customers, Cubicles, Class                                                                           MJZ

NASCAR on FOX 2008                                                                                                 FOX
            Engine City                                                                                                           Buf

NBC Sunday Night Football – Kick-off Weekend                                                      NBC 
Manning Brothers