The 2018 Super Bowl was one of the highest-rated in the 52-year history of the famed football franchise. The match-up between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles was one for the record books. What did you think of the game and the halftime show by Justin Timberlake? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post and then sound off with your review in the comments section.
NBC Sports, which produced Super Bowl LII, is hoping that Emmy voters will overcome their bias against the most popular sporting event in television history. It has only won the Emmy for Best Live Sports Special five times in 38 years.
The TV academy launched stand-alone Emmy Awards for sports programming in 1979 and Super Bowl XIII, which aired on NBC, was lucky enough to be the first winner of the live special award. There followed a three-decade drought, with Super Bowl XLIII finally breaking the curse in 2009. That edition also aired on the Peacock network as did the next two to win in 2012 and 2014. CBS struck Emmy gold with its golden anniversary telecast of Super Bowl L in 2016.
2017 Super Bowl was one of the most exciting ever as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in a nail-biting overtime by a score of 34 to 28. Super Bowl LI looked like a lock at the Sports Emmys but it lost to the World Series, which was also carried by Fox.
That was the latest of eight wins for the finals of America’s first favorite game following victories in 1983 (NBC), 1993 (CBS) and then five times on FOX – 1996, 2000, 2001, 2011 and 2013. FOX also won for the 1988 baseball game in which Mark McGwire hit a record 62nd home run, the All-Star game in 1999 and for its overall MLB post-season coverage in both 2003 and 2006. And ESPN picked up this prize for the 1995 game in which Cal Ripken, Jr. set a new benchmark for consecutive games.
Among the other sports represented in this race at the Emmys:
The Winter Olympics won twice (1980, ABC; 2002, NBC) as did the Summer Olympics (1984, ABC; 1988, NBC);
The Daytona 500 auto race won for CBS in 1987 while the Indy 500 won back-to-back for ABC in 1989 and 1990;
Basketball has taken the title three times: NCAA championship (1982, CBS) and the 1991 and 1997 NBA finals on NBC;
Likewise gold has scored a hole in one three years: Masters (2004, CBS), British Open (2005, TNT) and U.S. Open (2008, NBC);
Horse racing trotted off with the win in 1988 (Kentucky Derby, ABC) and 1992 (Breeders Cup, NBC); and
The Stanley Cup hockey finals won for ESPN in 1994, college football won for FOX in 2007 and World Cup soccer for ABC in 2010.