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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.

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)