NOMINEES FOR THE 33RD ANNUAL SPORTS EMMY® AWARDS

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Winners to be Honored During the April 30th Ceremony
At Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jack Whitaker to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

New York, NY – March 20, 2012 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.

More than 170 nominees were announced in 33 categories including outstanding live sports special, live series, sports documentary, studio show, promotional announcements, play-by-play personality and studio analyst.  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 30th, 2012 in New York City.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports will go to the Sports Commentator and Essayist, Jack Whitaker.

“This is an outstanding year for the sports community and for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS. “The entries received in this year’s Sports Emmys resulted in a record 175 nominees, illustrating the quality of these entries.  We are also honoring Jack Whitaker with our Lifetime Achievement Award.  I had the pleasure of working with Jack for eighteen years at CBS, and Jack is a sports icon and a class act.”

In addition to Jack Whitaker, many of the today’s leading sports broadcasters, personalities and television professionals will be in attendance as presenters at the event.

The networks of ESPN (ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, ESPN 3D & espn.com) lead the nomination totals with 55, the NBC Sports Group (NBC, Versus, Golf Channel & nbcsports.com) garnered 33, CBS (CBS, Showtime, CBSSports.com) entries received 25 nominations, while Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, NBA.com & truTV) have 22.

American Airlines is the official sponsor of the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards and Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal is the exclusive magazine partner.

A complete list of all nominees is attached and also available at www.emmyonline.tv/sports

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, and Technology & Engineering.  NATAS also presents the Global Media Awards™ which recognizes excellence in the world-wide intersection of digital entertainment and technology. 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 Communications: ppillitteri@emmyonline.tv

 

 

33rd Annual Sports Emmy Award Nominations By Network Group

Network                                                                                        Nominations

ESPN (ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, ESPN 3D, espn.com)                                 55

NBC Sports Group (NBC, Versus, Golf Channel, nbcsports.com)      33

CBS (CBS, Showtime, CBSSports.com)                                                 25

Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, NBA.com, truTV)                            22

HBO Sports                                                                                              19

FOX Sports Media Group (FOX, SPEED)                                               16

NFL Network                                                                                            12

MLB Network                                                                                           8

DIRECTV                                                                                                  2

MLB Advanced Media (MLB.com, MLBAM)                                         2

NFL.com                                                                                                  2

NCAA.com                                                                                              1

PGA.com                                                                                                1

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33rd Annual Sports Emmy Award Nominations By Network

Network                                                                                        Nominations

ESPN                                                                                                         35
NBC                                                                                                           23
                          HBO Sports                                                                                             19
                          ESPN2                                                                                                      15
FOX                                                                                                           15
                          TNT                                                                                                           15
                          CBS                                                                                                          14
                          NFL NETWORK                                                                                       12
                          SHOWTIME                                                                                             10
                          MLB NETWORK                                                                                       8
                          VERSUS                                                                                                    7
                          TBS                                                                                                            3
                          ABC                                                                                                            2
                          DIRECTV                                                                                                    2
                          ESPN 3D                                                                                                    2
                          GOLF CHANNEL                                                                                       2
                          NBA TV                                                                                                      2
                          NFL.COM                                                                                                   2
                          CBSSPORTS.COM                                                                                  1
                          ESPN.COM                                                                                                1
                          MLB.COM                                                                                                  1
                          MLBAM                                                                                                      1
                          NBA.COM                                                                                                  1
                          NBCSPORTS.COM                                                                                  1
                          NCAA.COM                                                                                               1
                          PGA.COM                                                                                                  1
                          SPEED                                                                                                        1
                          truTV                                                                                                          1

BREAKDOWN OF MULTIPLE PROGRAM / SERIES NOMINATIONS

Program

Nominations Network

24/7

9

HBO

Outside the Lines

8

ESPN

E: 60

7

ESPN2

A Game of Honor

5

Showtime/CBSSports.com

MLB on FOX

5

FOX

NASCAR on FOX

5

FOX

NBA on TNT

4

TNT

NBC Sunday Night Football

4

NBC

FIFA Women’s World Cup

3

ESPN/ESPN2

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

3

HBO

The Army‑Navy Game

3

CBS

The Franchise

3

Showtime

Winter X Games 15

3

ESPN/ESPN3D

2011 Open Championship

2

ESPN

2011 Stanley Cup Final

2

NBC/Versus

ESPN Monday Night Football

2

ESPN

Football Night in America

2

NBC

Grand Slam Tennis on ESPN

2

ESPN2

Inside the NBA on TNT

2

TNT

Joplin: City of Hope

2

ESPN2

McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice

2

HBO

MLB Tonight

2

MLB Network

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

2

CBS/TBS/TNT/truTV

NFL Films Presents

2

NFL Network

NFL GameDay Morning

2

NFL Network

NFL on FOX

2

FOX

Sports Science

2

ESPN/ESPN.com

Sunday NFL Countdown

2

ESPN

Unguarded

2

ESPN

The Nominations

OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final                                                     ESPN
            USA vs Japan

2011 Stanley Cup Final                                                                           NBC / Versus

The Daytona ’500′                                                                                   FOX

The Masters                                                                                            CBS

The World Series                                                                                    FOX

 


OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SERIES

ESPN Monday Night Football                                                              ESPN

HBO WCB/PPV Boxing                                                                          HBO

MLB on FOX                                                                                          FOX

NBA on TNT                                                                                          TNT

NBC Sunday Night Football                                                                NBC

 

OUTSTANDING LIVE EVENT TURNAROUND

2011 Tour de France                                                                            CBS / Versus

2011 Track & Field World Championships                                        NBC

Inside the Headsets                                                                            SPEED
            27th All‑Star Race                                                                    NASCAR Media Group

Inside the PGA Tour                                                                            Golf Channel
            PGA Tour Playoffs                                                                   PGA Tour Entertainment

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge                                                        Versus
            Rematch in the Rockies                                                          Blink Productions

OUTSTANDING PLAYOFF COVERAGE

2011 Big East Tournament                                                                           ESPN

MLB on FOX                                                                                                      FOX
            ALCS

NBA Playoffs on TNT                                                                                      TNT

NBC NFL Wildcard Saturday                                                                         NBC

SEC Football Championship Game                                                             CBS
            Georgia vs LSU

The 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup                                                            ESPN

 

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS SPECIAL

24/7                                                                                                                   HBO
          Mayweather/Ortiz

Derek Jeter 3K                                                                                               HBO
MLB Productions

E: 60                                                                                                                  ESPN2
         Risk’ Special

Joplin: City of Hope                                                                                      ESPN2

Sharpe Focus                                                                                               NFL Network
            Journey to Canton

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

A Game of Honor                                                                                           Showtime
                                                                                                                           CBS Sports

Catching Hell                                                                                                  ESPN

McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice                                                                            HBO

Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV                                                                              HBO

The Marinovich Project                                                                               ESPN

Unguarded                                                                                                     ESPN

 

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS SERIES / ANTHOLOGY

A Football Life                                                                                              NFL Network
            NFL Films

E: 60                                                                                                                ESPN2

NFL Turning Point                                                                                        Versus
                                                                                                                        NFL Films

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel                                                              HBO

The Franchise                                                                                              Showtime
            A Season with the San Francisco Giants                                  MLB Productions

World of Adventure Sports                                                                       NBC

 

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW ‑ WEEKLY

College GameDay                                                                                      ESPN

Football Night in America                                                                        NBC

Inside the NBA on TNT                                                                             TNT

Inside the NFL                                                                                            Showtime
CBS Sports

Sunday NFL Countdown                                                                          ESPN

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW ‑ DAILY

Inside the NBA on TNT                                                                           TNT
            Playoffs

MLB Tonight                                                                                             MLB Network

NASCAR Now                                                                                           ESPN

Pardon the Interruption                                                                          ESPN
                                                                                                                  Rydholm Projects

SportsCenter                                                                                           ESPN

SportsNation                                                                                           ESPN2

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS JOURNALISM

E: 60                                                                                                          ESPN2
            Nightmare

E: 60                                                                                                          ESPN2
            Stranger than Fiction

E: 60                                                                                                          ESPN2
            The Athletes of Bahrain

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel                                                       HBO
            Tennis Coach / Child Molester

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel                                                       HBO
            The College Bowl Game Money Trail

OUTSTANDING SHORT FEATURE

E: 60                                                                                                         ESPN2
            Together
Football Night in America                                                                   NBC
            The Greatest Gift

Human Highlight Reel                                                                         CBS
            Manny Ohonme: The Great Samaritan                               CBS / Turner Sports

SportsCenter                                                                                        ESPN
            Time Out Of Mind

SportsCenter                                                                                        ESPN
            White Gold

Winter X Games 15                                                                            ESPN
            Kevin Michael Connolly

OUTSTANDING LONG FEATURE

E: 60                                                                                                        ESPN2
            Dead Solid Perfect

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament                                            CBS
            Amongst Friends: A Story of Loss and Healing.

Outside the Lines                                                                               ESPN
            Never Forgotten

Outside the Lines                                                                               ESPN
            The Man Behind the Red Bandanna

Outside the Lines                                                                              ESPN
            The Promise

 

OUTSTANDING OPEN / TEASE

2011 NBA Playoffs on TNT                                                             TNT
            Dominoes

2011 Open Championship                                                               ESPN
            Round 3 ‑ Saturday Open

24/7                                                                                                     HBO
            Flyers‑Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic

NBA on TNT                                                                                       TNT
            NBA Forever

The Army‑Navy Game                                                                       CBS

The Indianapolis ’500′                                                                       ABC
                                                                                                            ESPN

 

 

OUTSTANDING NEW APPROACHES SPORTS EVENT COVERAGE

March Madness on Demand                                                         NCAA.com
CBS Sports/Turner Sports

MLB.com At Bat 11                                                                         MLB Advanced Media

NBA League Pass                                                                          NBA.com
                                                                                                         NBA Digital

NFL Sunday Ticket Experience                                                    DIRECTV

PGA Championship LIVE on PGA.com                                       PGA.com

 

OUTSTANDING NEW APPROACHES SPORTS PROGRAMMING

A Game of Honor                                                                         CBSSports.com

Football Freakonomics                                                              NFL Network / NFL.com

Sport Science                                                                              ESPN.com

Sunday Night Football Extra                                                     NBCSports.com

The NFL Season: A Biography                                                 NFL Network / NFL.com

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY ‑ STUDIO HOST

Bob Costas                                                                                  NBC / MLB Network

Bryant Gumbel                                                                            HBO

Dan Patrick                                                                                 NBC / DIRECTV

Ernie Johnson                                                                            TNT / NBA TV

James Brown                                                                            CBS / Showtime

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY ‑ PLAY‑BY‑PLAY

Al Michaels                                                                                    NBC

Jim Nantz                                                                                       CBS

Joe Buck                                                                                        FOX

Marv Albert                                                                                    CBS/TBS/TNT

Mike Emrick                                                                                   NBC / Versus

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY ‑ STUDIO ANALYST

Al Leiter                                                                                       MLB Network

Charles Barkley                                                                          CBS/NBA TV/TNT

Cris Collinsworth                                                                       Showtime

Harold Reynolds                                                                        MLB Network

Kirk Herbstreit                                                                            ESPN

Skip Bayless                                                                              ESPN2

Trent Dilfer                                                                                 ESPN

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY ‑ SPORTS EVENT ANALYST

Cris Collinsworth                                                                       NBC

Gary Danielson                                                                          CBS

Jim Kaat                                                                                     MLB Network

Jon Gruden                                                                               ESPN

Mike Mayock                                                                             NBC/NFL Network

 

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY ‑ SPORTS REPORTER

Craig Sager                                                                               TBS/TNT

Ken Rosenthal                                                                          FOX

Michele Tafoya                                                                         NBC

Pierre McGuire                                                                          NBC / Versus

Tracy Wolfson                                                                          CBS

 

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM REMOTE

MLB on FOX                                                                            FOX

NASCAR on FOX                                                                     FOX

US Open Championship                                                        Golf Channel/NBC

Winter X Games 15                                                                 ESPN3D

 

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM STUDIO

MLB Tonight                                                                              MLB Network

NASCAR on ESPN                                                                     ABC / ESPN / ESPN2

NASCAR on FOX                                                                       FOX

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament                                      CBS/TBS/TNT/truTV
            Road to the Final Four                                                 CBS Sports/Turner Sports

 

OUTSTANDING CAMERA WORK

24/7                                                                                                       HBO
            Cotto vs Margarito

24/7                                                                                                       HBO
            Flyers‑Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic

A Game of Honor                                                                                 Showtime
                                                                                                              CBS Sports

Grand Slam Tennis on ESPN                                                              ESPN2

NFL Films Presents                                                                             NFL Network
            Shots of the Season                                                               NFL Films

The 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship                                  NBC
                                                                                                              Ironman Productions

The Promise                                                                                        ESPN

 

OUTSTANDING EDITING

24/7                                                                                                          HBO
            Flyers‑Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic

24/7                                                                                                          HBO
            Pacquiao‑Marquez

A Game of Honor                                                                                     Showtime
                                                                                                                  CBS Sports

Grand Slam Tennis on ESPN                                                                  ESPN2

Joplin: City of Hope                                                                                ESPN

Unguarded                                                                                               ESPN

 

THE DICK SCHAAP WRITING AWARD

2011 Open Championship                                                                  ESPN
            Round 3 Open

24/7                                                                                                       HBO
            Flyers‑Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic

NBC Sunday Night Football                                                               NBC
            Bob Costas Essays

NFL GameDay Morning                                                                      NFL Network
            Lombardi Returns

The Kentucky Derby                                                                          NBC

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION / DIRECTION / LYRICS

 

2011 NBA Moments on TNT                                                                  TNT
            NBA All‑Star Game on TNT & NBA Playoffs on TNT

McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice                                                                      HBO

Men of Mettle ‑ Ed Sabol’s Last Football Movie                                NFL Network
NFL Films

Monday Night Football                                                                         ESPN

The Army‑Navy Game                                                                           CBS
            Opening Tease

The Curious Case of Curt Flood                                                          HBO

The Franchise                                                                                       Showtime
            A Season with the San Francisco Giants                               MLB Productions

 

OUTSTANDING LIVE EVENT AUDIO / SOUND

MLB on FOX                                                                                          FOX

NASCAR on FOX                                                                                   FOX

NFL on FOX                                                                                           FOX

Winter X Games 15                                                                               ESPN

OUTSTANDING POST PRODUCED AUDIO / SOUND

24/7                                                                                                             HBO
            Flyers‑Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic

NBA on TNT                                                                                              TNT
                                                                                                                    Turner Studios

 

NFL Films Presents                                                                                NFL Network
            Super Bowl XLV                                                                          NFL Films

 

Sound FX: All Access                                                                            NFL Network
                                                                                                                    NFL Films

The Army‑Navy Game                                                                           CBS
            Opening Tease

 

The Franchise                                                                                         Showtime
            A Season with the San Francisco Giants                             MLB Productions

 

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC DESIGN

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup                                                           ESPN / ESPN2

ESPN Monday Night Football                                                                ESPN

NBA All‑Star Weekend                                                                           TNT

NBC Sunday Night Football                                                                    NBC

Sport Science                                                                                           ESPN
                                                                                                                      Base Productions

 

 

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN / ART DIRECTION

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup                                                            ESPN

2011 NBA Draft                                                                                         ESPN

NASCAR on FOX                                                                                       FOX

NBC Sunday Night Football                                                                    NBC

Sunday NFL Countdown                                                                         ESPN

THE GEORGE WENSEL TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Americas Cup Highlight Show                                                          Versus
            Live Line

 

NASCAR on FOX / MLB on FOX                                                          FOX
            Hot Trax / Hot Spot

 

The DIAMOND Platform                                                                       MLB Network / MLB.com
MLB Productions

 

The Masters                                                                                           ESPN3D
            3D Coverage

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT‑ INSTITUTIONAL

All in One Place                                                                                   MLB Network
            All in One Place; Time Line

 

It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports                                                                  ESPN
            Fanwiches, Proposal, Towel Around the World             O Positive / Moxie Pictures / 
WhiteHouse Post

 

NBA on TNT                                                                                          TNT
            Shaq ‘Get Ready’

 

NFL GameDay Morning                                                                      NFL Network
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Bill Belichick: A Football Life                                                            NFL Network
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