Sunday’s Super Bowl was one of highest-rated in the 45-year history of the famed football franchise. Fox Sports execs now have to hope that Sports Emmy voters have long memories as it won’t be eligible to contend for these kudos till next year.
Rather, it will be Super Bowl XLIV — last year’s contest that saw the New Orleans Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31 to 17 — which will be in the hunt when nominations for the 32nd annual Sports Emmys are announced in the coming weeks.
At last year’s Sports Emmys, Super Bowl XLIII — the 2009 game in which the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-13 — won Best Live Sports Special for NBC.
Fox aired the 2008 game in which the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14. That Super Bowl lost the top prize to NBC’s coverage of the 108th U.S. Open although it did win Best Opening/Tease. And that Super Bowl lost bids for both Writing and Graphic Design.
CBS aired the Super Bowl in Feburary 2007, when the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29 to 17. At the 2008 Sports Emmys award fest, that coverage lost to the Fox broadcast of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, in which Boise State beat Oklahoma in overtime, 43 to 42.