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Nominations for 40th Annual Sports Emmy Awards Announced

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 40th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards on Wednesday, April 3.

ESPN networks (including ABC and SEC Network) led all networks in nominations with 56, followed by NBC Sports Group (including Telemundo, Olympic Channel and USA Network) with 38. CBS Sports received 27, Fox Sports 25, HBO 16, Turner Sports 13, NFL Network 10, MLB Network 9, Univision 7, Showtime 6, Netflix 4, and Amazon and Tennis Channel with 3 each.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of XXIII Winter Olympics from PyeongChang, South Korea in Feb. 2018 led the field having earned 12 nominations. The CBS telecast of Super Bowl LIII (from Feb. 2019) was runner-up with 8. ESPN’s “E: 60” received six nods, while HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”, ESPN’s “SC Featured” and the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Fox Sports each got five nominations.

College basketball analyst and broadcaster Dick Vitale will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The 40th 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 20, 2019 in New York City.

Categories and Nominations

OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL

2018 PGA Tour: 2018 Tour Championship
NBC/Golf Channel

2019 College Football Playoff National Championship: Clemson Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
ESPN

The 114th World Series: Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
FOX

The 150th Belmont Stakes
NBC

Super Bowl LIII: New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams
CBS

OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SERIES

Golf Channel on NBC
NBC

Major League Baseball on ESPN
ESPN

NFL on CBS
CBS

SEC on CBS
CBS

Sunday Night Football
NBC

OUTSTANDING PLAYOFF COVERAGE

2018 FIFA World Cup on FOX
FOX/FS1

AFC Championship: New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs
CBS

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

NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four: Louisville vs. Mississippi St & Notre Dame vs. Connecticut
ESPN2

SEC Championship Game: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs
CBS

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS EVENT COVERAGE

All Access: Wilder vs. Fury Epilogue
Showtime

Courtside at the NBA Finals [Ringer Films]
HBO

Mic’d Up: Super Bowl LIII [NFL Films]
NFL Network

Road To The Super Bowl [NFL Films]
CBS

Tiger Woods – Return of the Roar [PGA TOUR Entertainment]
ESPN

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS SPECIAL OR SERIES

24/7: The Match: Tiger vs. Phil
HBO

A Football Life [NFL Films]
NFL Network

All Access: Wilder vs. Fury
Showtime

NFL 360: Steve Gleason
NFL Network

UFC 25 Years in Short
UFC Fight Pass

OUTSTANDING SHORT SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

27 Years: The Exoneration of Valentino Dixon [Golf Films]
Golf Channel

E: 60: Identity: Deland McCullough’s Journey
ESPN2

E: 60: P9008 – The Story of Charleston Hartfield
ESPN2

SC Featured: Respect
ESPNews

SC Featured: Who Says I Can’t
ESPNews

OUTSTANDING LONG SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

Crossroads [ESPN Films]
ESPN

Love Means Zero [Kilo Films]
Showtime

Momentum Generation [All Rise Films/Priority Pictures]
HBO

Shot in the Dark
FOX

Strokes of Genius
Tennis Channel

OUTSTANDING SERIALIZED SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

All or Nothing: Manchester City
Amazon Prime Video

All or Nothing: A Season with the Dallas Cowboys [NFL Films]
Amazon Prime Video

Being Serena [Endeavor Content]
HBO

Quest for the Stanley Cup [Ross Greenburg Productions, NHL Original Productions]
ESPN+

Tom vs. Time [Dirty Robber]
Facebook Watch

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW – WEEKLY

College GameDay
ESPN

Football Night in America
NBC

FOX NFL Sunday
FOX

Inside the NBA on TNT
TNT

The NFL Today
CBS

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW – DAILY

The Dan Patrick Show
DIRECTV/NBCSN

The Jump
ESPN

MLB Tonight
MLB Network

Outside The Lines
ESPN

Pardon The Interruption [Rydholm Projects]
ESPN

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW – LIMITED RUN

2018 NBA Playoffs on TNT: Inside the NBA
TNT

MLB Now: Postseason Edition
MLB Network

MLB on FOX: The Postseason
FOX/FS1

Postseason NFL Countdown
ESPN

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

US Open Preview
ESPN

OUTSTANDING SPORTS NEWS/FEATURE ANTHOLOGY

E: 60
ESPN2

NFL 360
NFL Network

NFL Films Presents [NFL Films]
FS1

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
HBO

SC Featured
ESPN/ESPNews

OUTSTANDING SPORTS JOURNALISM

E: 60: Crisis at Michigan State
ESPN2

E: 60: The Florida Shuffle
ESPN2

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Everest Inc.: The Exploitation and Death of the Sherpas
HBO

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Putin’s Purge: The Silencing of Critics of Russia’s Sports Program
HBO

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Unsettled: The Truth Behind the NFL Concussion Settlement
HBO

OUTSTANDING SHORT FEATURE

College GameDay
SC Featured: Up Syndrome
ESPN

Monday Night Countdown
SC Featured: Paradise Football
ESPN

NFL 360
I Am Shaquem Griffin
NFL Network

Sunday NFL Countdown
SC Featured: The Art of Inspiration
ESPN

The Super Bowl Today
Guaranteed: The Joe Namath Story
CBS

OUTSTANDING LONG FEATURE

College GameDay
SC Featured: Tyler Strong
ESPN

E: 60
Bonds of Earth
ESPN2

NFL 360
Steve Gleason – No White Flags
NFL Network

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Boy Wonder: The Tommy Morrissey Story
HBO

SC Featured
Shaquem Griffin
ESPN

Zion
Netflix [Bindery Films]

OUTSTANDING OPEN/TEASE

The 119th Army-Navy Game
A Different Kind of Kid
CBS

AFC Championship
The Gift
CBS

Shut Up And Dribble
[SpringHill Entertainment]
Showtime

Super Bowl LIII
A Peyton Manning Production
CBS

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Always Start with the Dreams
NBC

OUTSTANDING TRANS-MEDIA SPORTS COVERAGE

2018 FIFA World Cup on FOX
FOX/FS1/FOXSPORTS.COM

Premier League
NBC/NBCSN

The 100th PGA Championship
PGA.com

The Match: Tiger vs. Phil
BR Live

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/USA/NBCOlympics.com

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL INNOVATION

Ashe ’68
360-Degree Sand Animation
SI TV [Custom Reality Services/Lumen Animae/Rexpix Media/Get Lifted Film Co./ Oak Street Pictures/Legend 3D]

Home Run Derby Virtual Reality
Twitch/Facebook/YouTube/ MLB.com/ESPN [MLB Games/Engine Shot]

MLB Tonight
Diamond Demo 360
MLB Network

NBA Desktop
The Ringer

NBA in VR
NBA League Pass [Next VR]

OUTSTANDING SOCIAL TV EXPERIENCE

Always Late with Katie Nolan
ESPN+

Hard Knocks
Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns
HBO [NFL Films]

Inside the NBA on TNT TNT

SportsCenter on Snapchat
ESPN/Snapchat

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
NBC

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO HOST

Rece Davis
ESPN

Ernie Johnson
TNT

Bob Ley
ESPN

Curt Menefee
FOX

Mike Tirico
NBC/Golf Channel

Scott Van Pelt
ESPN

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – PLAY-BY-PLAY

Mike Breen
ESPN/ABC

Joe Buck
FOX/FS1/NFL Network

Ian Eagle
tbs/CBS/TNT/truTV/Tennis Channel

Mike Emrick
NBC/NBCSN

Jim Nantz
tbs/CBS/TNT/truTV

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO ANALYST

Charles Barkley
TNT

Kirk Herbstreit
ESPN

Alex Rodriguez
FS1

Michael Strahan
FOX

Kurt Warner
NFL Network

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – SPORTS EVENT ANALYST

Jay Bilas
ESPN/ESPN2

Cris Collinsworth
NBC

Kirk Herbstreit
ESPN/ABC

Bill Raftery
tbs/CBS/TNT/truTV/FS1

Tony Romo
CBS

John Smoltz
FOX/FS1/MLB Network

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – SPORTS REPORTER

Ken Rosenthal
FOX/FS1/MLB Network

Holly Rowe
ESPN/ESPN2/ABC

Lisa Salters
ESPN/ABC

Michele Tafoya
NBC

Tom Verducci
MLB Network/FOX

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM REMOTE

2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
ESPN

The 100th PGA Championship
CBS/CBS Sports Network

Super Bowl LIII
CBS

U.S. Open Tennis Championship
ESPN

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/USA

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM STUDIO

2018 FIFA World Cup on FOX
FOX/FS1

College GameDay
ESPN

MLB Tonight
MLB Network

Super Bowl LIII
NFL Network

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/USA

OUTSTANDING CAMERA WORK

Being Serena
HBO [Endeavor Content]

Hard Knocks
Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns
HBO [NFL Films]

North of Nightfall
DIRECTV [Red Bull Media House/Freeride Entertainment]

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Always Start with the Dreams
NBC

Zion
Netflix [Bindery Films]

OUTSTANDING EDITING – SHORT FORM

FOX NFL Thursday
FOX

Grand Slam Tennis
2018 US Open
ESPN/ESPN2

Morning Drive
Parscription: The Gary Smith Story
Golf Channel [Evolve Studio]

Super Bowl LIII
A Peyton Manning Production
CBS

The 119th Army-Navy Game
A Different Kind of Kid
CBS

OUTSTANDING EDITING – LONG FORM

Birthright: Becoming Toby Dawson
The Olympic Channel

Golf Central
Meet Don Byers
Golf Channel [May Fifth Productions]

Shut Up And Dribble
Showtime [SpringHill Entertainment]

The World Of Red Bull 2018: Unleashed!
RBTV [Red Bull Media House]

Zion
Netflix [Bindery Films]

THE DICK SCHAAP OUTSTANDING WRITING AWARD

Golf Central
Meet Don Byers
Golf Channel [May Fifth Productions]

HBO Boxing
45 Years of Legendary Nights
HBO

SC Featured
Cleveland 22
ESPN

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Always Start with the Dreams
NBC

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Mexico City 1968
NBC

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

Being Serena
HBO [Endeavor Content]

Hard Knocks
Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns
HBO [NFL Films]

Momentum Generation
HBO [All Rise Films/Priority Pictures]

Road To The Super Bowl
CBS [NFL Films]

Strokes of Genius
Tennis Channel

OUTSTANDING LIVE EVENT AUDIO/SOUND

The 102nd Indianapolis 500
ABC

MLB on FOX
FOX/FS1

NASCAR on FOX
FOX/FS1

NFL on CBS
CBS

Sunday Night Baseball
ESPN

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
NBC

OUTSTANDING POST-PRODUCED AUDIO/SOUND

NASCAR Race Hub
Feeling Speed
FS1 [NASCAR Productions]

NFL Films Presents
Sounds of the Year
FS1 [NFL Films]

Road To The Super Bowl
CBS [NFL Films]

The World Of Red Bull 2018: Unleashed!
RBTV [Red Bull Media House]

Zion
Netflix [Bindery Films]

OUTSTANDING LIVE GRAPHIC DESIGN

2018 FIFA World Cup on FOX
FOX/FS1

Major League Baseball on ESPN
ESPN

NFL Draft
ESPN/ABC

The Super Bowl Today/Super Bowl LIII
CBS

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/USA/MSNBC

OUTSTANDING POST-PRODUCED GRAPHIC DESIGN

Inside the NBA on TNT
Audio Toons
TNT

League of Legends World Championship
RISE
YouTube [Riot Games]

Monday Night Football
ESPN

NHL Tonight
NHL Tonight Open: Shaken…and Stirred
NHL Network [MLB Network]

Sunday Night Football
NBC

OUTSTANDING STUDIO OR PRODUCTION DESIGN/ART DIRECTION

National League Division Series
Fall Colors: National League Division Series
MLB Network

NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four
The Rules
ESPN2

Super Bowl LIII
A Peyton Manning Production
CBS

The Super Bowl Today
Guaranteed: The Joe Namath Story
CBS

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
NBC

THE GEORGE WENSEL TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

ESPN College Football
Line-to-Gain Pylon Cam
ESPN/ABC/SEC Network

Major League Baseball on ESPN
K Zone 3D
ESPN/WatchESPN

Notre Dame Football
Single Stream HDR with Atmos
NBC

Tour de France
Raptor Smartglasses
NBC/NBCSN

US Open Tennis Championship
ESPN ACES System
ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN3

USGA on FOX: U.S. Open
5G
FOX/FS1

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT

2018 Copa Mundial de la FIFA
Telemundo

2018 FIFA World Cup On FOX
FOX/FS1

Shut Up And Dribble
“Greater” Trailer
Showtime

SportsCenter
This is SportsCenter
ESPN

Thursday Night Football
Now It’s A Game Campaign
FOX/NFL Network

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Best of U.S.
NBC

OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS COVERAGE IN SPANISH

2018 Copa Mundial de la FIFA
Telemundo

2018 MLS Cup
Atlanta United vs. Portland Timbers
UniMas

2018 NBA Finals
Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
ESPN Deportes

Copa Libertadores 2018 Final
River Plate vs. Boca Juniors
Telemundo

Liga MX – La Gran Final Torneo Apertura
Cruz Azul vs. América
Univision/Univision Deportes

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW IN SPANISH

Debate Mundial
Telemundo

Futbol Central
Univision/Univision Deportes

Futbol Club
Univision Deportes

Hoy en La Copa
Telemundo

Minuto 45
Univision Deportes

Mision Europa
UniMas/Univision Deportes

OUTSTANDING ON-AIR TALENT IN SPANISH

Martín Ainstein
ESPN Deportes

Andres Cantor
Telemundo

José Ramón Fernández
ESPN Deportes

Miguel Gurwitz
Telemundo

Luis Omar Tapia
Univision Deportes

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