The networks under the NBC Sports Group umbrella — NBC, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel nbcolympics.com, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, nbcsports.com and Telemundo — reaped a leading 58 nominations for this year’s Sports Emmys.
The ESPN family of channels (ESPN, ESPN2, grantland.com, ABC, ESPN3D, ESPNU & ESPNews), earned 43 bids while Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, NCAA.com & truTV) took 27. (The full list of nominations is here.)
Nominees top 170 in 34 categories. Not surprisingly, the peacock net’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Summer Olympics in London racked up a leading 14 bids. Tied for second place with six nominations each are “NBA on TNT” and HBO’s long-running series “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
In making the announcement, NATAS chair Malachy Wienges said, “What a world we live in. The Olympics, NASCAR, the Super Bowl, the Final Four, the World Series, The Stanley Cup, The NBA, the US Open, the Masters…it just goes on and on! This is another outstanding year for the sports community and for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The entries received in this year’s Sports Emmy Awards illustrate the high-water mark of quality each of us gets to enjoy every time we turn on our favorite program. With so much talent vying for the prestigious Emmy Award and with many of the today’s leading sports broadcasters, personalities, and television professionals in attendance, it promises to be an exciting evening.”
The 34th annual edition of these kudos will take place May 7 at Lincoln Center in Gotham.