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39th Annual Sports Emmy Award Nominations Announced

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 39th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards on Wednesday, March 28.

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  • CBS led all networks in nominations with 31, followed by ESPN with 29. Fox received 21, NBC 18, FS1 16, ESPN2, TNT and NFL Network with 13 each, MLB Network 12, and NBCSN and TBS with 10 each.

    The CBS telecast of the 118th Army-Navy game and newsmagazines “E: 60” (ESPN2) and “SC Featured” (ESPN/ESPNews) all tied for the lead having earned eight nominations apiece. The CBS broadcast of the AFC Championship: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots received six nods, and CBS and Turner Sports’ coverage of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament earned five nominations.

    Sports television executive and talent agent Barry Frank will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

    The 39th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, located in the Time Warner Center on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in New York City.

    Categories and Nominations

    OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL

    2018 College Football Playoff National Championship: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs
    ESPN

    The 113th World Series: Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Dodgers
    Fox

    The 118th Army-Navy Game
    CBS

    The 146th Open
    Royal Birkdale
    NBC/Golf Channel

    The Masters
    CBS

    OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SERIES

    NASCAR on FOX
    FOX/ FS1

    NBA on TNT
    TNT

    NFL on FOX
    FOX

    Sunday Night Football
    NBC

    Thursday Night Football
    NBC

    OUTSTANDING PLAYOFF COVERAGE

    2017 NBA Playoffs on TNT
    TNT

    2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
    tbs/CBS/TNT/truTV

    2018 Rose Bowl (College Football Championship Semi-Final): Oklahoma vs. Georgia
    ESPN

    AFC Championship: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots
    CBS

    NFC Divisional Playoff: New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings
    FOX

    OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS EVENT COVERAGE

    2017 World Series Film: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
    FS1/MLB Network

    All Access Epilogue: Mayweather vs. McGregor Showtime
    [Showtime Sports]

    Ironman World Championship
    NBC
    [Texas Crew Productions]

    Sound FX: Super Bowl 51
    NFL Network
    [NFL Films]

    UFC Fight Flashback: Cruz vs. Garbrandt FS1
    [UFC]

    OUTSTANDING SHORT SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

    Resurface
    Netflix

    SC Featured: A Mountain to Climb
    ESPNews

    SC Featured: Arthur
    ESPN

    SC Featured: Restart
    ESPNews

    The Reason I Play
    Big Ten Network

    OUTSTANDING LONG SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

    30 for 30: Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies
    ESPN
    [ESPN Films/Hock Films]

    89 Blocks
    FOX/FS1

    Counterpunch
    Netflix

    Disgraced
    Showtime
    [Bat Bridge Entertainment]

    VICE World of Sports: Rivals: Boom Squad
    Viceland
    [Vice Media]

    OUTSTANDING SERIALIZED SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

    A Season With Navy Football
    Showtime [Ross Greenburg Productions/ Stone & Company Entertainment/ IMG Productions/Crazy Legs]

    Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    HBO
    [NFL Films]

    Last Chance U
    Netflix

    Us Against the World
    Comcast Watchable
    [Uproxx Studios]

    Why We Fight
    Verizon
    [Dirty Robber/The Religion of Sports/
    Complex Networks]

    OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW – WEEKLY

    College GameDay (ESPN)

    FOX NFL Sunday (FOX)

    Inside the NBA on TNT (TNT)

    Monday Night Countdown (ESPN)

    The NFL Today (CBS)

    OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW – DAILY

    MLB Tonight (MLB Network)

    NHL Live (NBC/NBCSN)

    Pardon The Interruption (ESPN)
    [Rydholm Projects]

    The Dan Patrick Show (Audience)
    [AT&T]

    The Herd with Colin Cowherd (FS1)

    OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW – LIMITED RUN

    Gruden’s QB Camp (ESPN/ESPN2)

    Inside the NBA on TNT: 2017 NBA Playoffs (TNT)

    MLB on FOX: The Postseason (FOX/ FS1)

    NHL Live: Stanley Cup Playoffs (NBC/NBCSN/USA Network)

    Road to the Final Four (tbs/CBS/TNT/truTV)

    OUTSTANDING SPORTS NEWS ANTHOLOGY

    E: 60 (ESPN2)

    NFL 360 (NFL Network)

    NFL Films Presents (FS1)
    [NFL Films]

    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

    SC Featured (ESPN)

    OUTSTANDING SPORTS JOURNALISM

    Disgraced (Showtime)
    [Bat Bridge Entertainment]

    E: 60: Respectfully Submitted, Ricky Dixon (ESPN2)

    E: 60: Setenta e Sete (ESPN2)

    E: 60: The Dictator’s Team (ESPN2)

    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Strongman: Ramzan Kadyrov (HBO)

    OUTSTANDING SHORT FEATURE

    College GameDay (ESPN)
    A Different Wave

    College GameDay (WatchESPN)
    Melvin Keihn

    Golf Central (Golf Channel)
    Limitless: The Jim Hunt Story

    SC Featured (ESPN)
    Thank You Pittsburgh

    Thursday Night Kickoff (CBS/NFL Network)
    Kate Foster: A Letter to My Younger

    OUTSTANDING LONG FEATURE

    E: 60 (ESPN2)
    Fight On

    E: 60 (ESPN2)
    Lionheart

    E: 60 (ESPN2)
    Searching for Schuye

    E: 60 (ESPN2)
    Underdog

    SC Featured (ESPN)
    For Those Who Can’t

    OUTSTANDING OPEN/TEASE

    2017 NBA on TNT (TNT)
    The Response

    2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship (tbs/CBS/TNT/truTV)
    The Stage

    AFC Championship (CBS)
    Teasing John Malkovich

    NFL Draft (ESPN)

    The 118th Army-Navy Game (CBS)
    The More Things Change

    OUTSTANDING TRANS-MEDIA SPORTS COVERAGE

    2017 ELEAGUE on tbs and twitch.tv tbs/twitch.tv

    2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament NCAA.com
    NCAA March Madness Live

    2018 College Football Playoff National Championship MegaCast (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPNEWS/
    ESPN Deportes/ESPN Goal Line/ ESPN Classic/ESPN SEC Network/ESPN3)

    Hard Knocks (HBO)
    Training Camp With The Tampa Bay Buccaneers [NFL Films]

    HBO Boxing (HBO)
    Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin

    OUTSTANDING DIGITAL INNOVATION

    2017 Game of Zones
    Bleacher Report
    Father of Balls

    2017 NBA Finals
    Oculus Rift/Gear VR
    Strength in Numbers [m ss ng p eces]

    2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
    NCAA.com
    NCAA March Madness Virtual Reality

    Capturing Everest
    SI.com
    360-degree VR [Endemol Shine Beyond]

    Take Every Wave
    SI.com
    360 VR camera technologies capture riding the longest wave in the world [Ryot]

    OUTSTANDING SOCIAL TV EXPERIENCE

    100,000 Cameras (FOX)
    Ohio State vs. Michigan [NASCAR Productions]

    MLB Tonight (MLB Network)
    The Fans Make The Show: MLB Tonight Social Takeover

    NASCAR Throwback (NBCSN)

    SportsCenter on Snapchat (ESPN/Snapchat)

    The 143rd Kentucky Derby (NBC)

    OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO HOST

    Rece Davis (ESPN)

    Ernie Johnson (tbs/CBS/TNT/truTV)

    Bob Ley (ESPN)

    Curt Menefee (FOX)

    Dan Patrick (NBC)

    OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – PLAY-BY-PLAY

    Mike Breen (ABC)

    Joe Buck (FOX/FS1)

    Mike ‘Doc” Emrick (NBC/NBCSN)
    Jim Nantz (tbs/CBS/TNT/truTV/NFL Network)

    Brad Nessler (CBS)

    OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO ANALYST

    Alexi Lalas (FS1/FS2)

    Al Leiter (MLB Network)

    Harold Reynolds (MLB Network)

    Michael Strahan (FOX)

    Tom Verducci (MLB Network/FOX)

    OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – SPORTS EVENT ANALYST

    Gary Danielson (CBS)

    Jon Gruden (ESPN)

    Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN/ABC)

    Tony Romo (CBS/NFL Network)

    John Smoltz (FOX/FS1/MLB Network)

    OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – SPORTS REPORTER

    Allie LaForce (tbs/CBS/TNT/truTV)

    Ken Rosenthal (FOX/FS1/MLB Network)

    Lisa Salters (ESPN/ABC)

    Michele Tafoya (NBC)

    Tom Verducci (MLB Network/FOX)

    OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM REMOTE

    2018 College Football Playoff National Championship (ESPN)
    Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs

    Monday Night Football (ESPN)

    NASCAR on FOX (FOX/FS1)

    The 35th America’s Cup (NBCSN)

    US Open (ESPN)

    OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM STUDIO

    2017 NFL Draft (NFL Network)

    College GameDay (ESPN)

    MLB Tonight (MLB Network)

    Premier League (NBC/NBCSN)

    Super Bowl LII (NFL Network)

    OUTSTANDING CAMERA WORK

    A Season With Navy Football (Showtime)
    [Ross Greenburg Productions/ Stone & Company/IMG Productions/ Crazy Legs Productions/Vidiots]

    Over the Horizon (Outside TV)
    [Echo Bay Media]

    SC Featured (ESPNews)
    A Mountain to Climb

    The 118th Army-Navy Game (CBS)
    The More Things Change

    The 143rd Kentucky Derby (NBC)

    OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM EDITING

    AFC Championship (CBS)
    Teasing John Malkovich

    Dear Basketball (Verizon)
    [Glen Keane Productions/Granity Studios/ Believe Entertainment Group]

    The 118th Army-Navy Game (CBS)
    The More Things Change

    The 143rd Kentucky Derby (NBC)

    Thursday Night Football Presents… (CBS/NFL Network)

    OUTSTANDING LONG FORM EDITING

    Breaking2 (NAT GEO)
    [Nat Geo Studios/Dirty Robber]

    Golf Central (Golf Channel)
    Feeling and Reality: The Billy Hurley Story [May Fifth Productions]

    NFL 360 (NFL Network)
    Konrad Reuland: On a Mission

    SC Featured (ESPNews)
    The Rob Young Story

    UCONN: The March to Madness (HBO)
    [IMG Productions]

    THE DICK SCHAAP OUTSTANDING WRITING AWARD

    AFC Championship (CBS)
    Teasing John Malkovich

    MLB Tonight (MLB Network)
    Opening Day Essay

    Special Olympics World Games (ESPN2)

    The 118th Army-Navy Game (CBS)
    The More Things Change

    Thursday Night Football Presents… (CBS/NFL Network)

    OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

    30 for 30 (ESPN)
    Nature Boy [ESPN Films]

    AFC Championship (CBS)
    Teasing John Malkovich, “They Are Two Goliaths”

    Dear Basketball (Verizon)
    [Glen Keane Productions/Granity Studios/ Believe Entertainment Group]

    Road To The Super Bowl (FOX)
    [NFL Films]

    The 118th Army-Navy Game (CBS)
    The More Things Change, “The Letter”

    OUTSTANDING LIVE EVENT AUDIO/SOUND

    The 35th America’s Cup (NBC/NBCSN)

    Indianapolis 500 (ABC)

    MLB on FOX (FOX/FS1/MLB Network)

    NASCAR on FOX (FOX/FS1)

    NASCAR on NBC (NBC/NBCSN)

    OUTSTANDING POST-PRODUCED AUDIO/SOUND

    Blood Road (iTunes)
    [Red Bull Media House]

    Hard Knocks (HBO)
    Training Camp With The Tampa Bay Buccaneers [NFL Films]

    Inside the NFL (Showtime)
    Super Bowl LII [CBS Sports/NFL Films]

    Radioactive – The Championship Race (FS1)
    [NASCAR Productions]

    The 118th Army-Navy Game (CBS)
    The More Things Change

    OUTSTANDING LIVE GRAPHIC DESIGN

    2017 ELEAGUE on tbs (tbs)

    2017 NBA All-Star Weekend on TNT (TNT)

    2017 NBA Finals (ABC)
    Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors

    College Basketball (ESPN/ESPN2)

    League of Legends (YouTube)
    [Riot Games]

    OUTSTANDING POST-PRODUCED GRAPHIC DESIGN

    CBS Thursday Night Football/NFL Today (CBS/NFL Network)
    NFL Quick Facts

    Dear Basketball (Verizon)
    [Glen Keane Productions/Granity Studios/ Believe Entertainment Group]

    Fantasy Football Marathon (ESPN2)

    Monday Night Football (ESPN)

    NFL on NBC (NBC)

    OUTSTANDING STUDIO OR PRODUCTION DESIGN/ART DIRECTION

    AFC Championship (CBS)
    Teasing John Malkovich

    El Clasico Coming to America (ESPN)
    [DLP Media Group]

    Sunday Night Football (NBC)
    Oh Sunday Night

    The 118th Army-Navy Game (CBS)
    The More Things Change

    Thursday Night Football Presents… (CBS/NFL Network)
    Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

    THE GEORGE WENSEL TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    2017 ELEAGUE on tbs (tbs)
    ELEAGUE Augmented Reality

    FOX College Football (FOXSports.com)
    C360

    NHL on DIRECTV: Penguins at Golden Knights (DIRECTV)
    First Live 4K HDR Linear Broadcast

    Sunday Night Baseball (ESPN)
    Front Row Cam

    The 35th America’s Cup (NBCSN)
    Flytime

    OUTSTANDING SPORTS PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (tbs/CBS/TNT/truTV)
    The Arrival

    A Football Life (NFL Network)
    Circle of Life [NFL Films]

    FOX College Football (FOX/FS1)
    Every Game is Everything

    NASCAR on FOX (FOX)
    Daytona 500 – Daytona Day

    The XXIII Olympic Winter Games (The Networks of NBC Universal)
    The Winter Olympics Campaign 2017

    OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS COVERAGE IN SPANISH

    FIFA World Cup Qualifier (Univision/Univision Deportes)
    Mexico vs. USA

    Final de la Copa FIFA Confederaciones (Telemundo)
    Chile vs. Alemania

    La Finales de la NBA (ESPN Deportes)
    Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

    La Previa UEFA Champions League Final (FOX Deportes)

    Rumbo Al Mundial (Telemundo
    Fecha Final)

    OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW IN SPANISH

    OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW IN SPANISH

    Beisbol Esta Noche (ESPN Deportes)

    Futbol Central (Univision/Univision Deportes)

    Futbol Picante (ESPN Deportes)

    La Liga Premier: Tercer Tiempo (Telemundo)

    SportsCenter Deportes (ESPN Deportes)

    OUTSTANDING ON-AIR SPORTS PERSONALITY IN SPANISH

    Andres Cantor (Telemundo)

    Jose Ramon Fernandez (ESPN Deportes)

    Ernesto Jerez (ESPN Deportes)

    Jorge Ramos (ESPN Deportes)

    Sammy Sadovnik (Telemundo)

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    Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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