ESPN reaped three dozen bids for the 32nd annual Sports Emmys which will be handed out May 2 in Gotham. Other members of the ESNP family earned another 13 bids. HBO, which led the leader board last year with 9 wins, landed 22 nominations while NBC placed third with 20.
This year, nominees top 150 in 33 categories. Not surprisingly, the peacock net’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver racked up a leading 11 bids while ESPN/ABC earned 10 for their combined effort on World Cup coverage from South Africa.
Veteran sports broadcaster Al Michaels will be feted with a lifetime achievement award. Michaels has covered more major sports events than any sportscaster, including 20 years as the play-by-play voice of “Monday Night Football.” He is the only commentator to call the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and host the Stanley Cup Final for network television. Along the way he won Best Play-By-Play Sport Persoanlity six times (1986, 1989, 1995, 2000, 2007 and 2008).
For a full list of nominees, visit the official Sports Emmy website.