On Thursday, March 30, the national television academy announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards and the biggest network is ESPN, while NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro is the most nominated event.
The ESPN family of networks picked up a total of 50 noms. NBC Sports Group follows with 41, of which the Olympics account for a field-leading 14 bids including Best Live Sports Special, where it faces off against the 2016 NBA Finals on ABC, the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship on ESPN, the 112th World Series on FOX, and Super Bowl LI on FOX.
Competing for Best Live Sports Series are “ESPN College Football,” “Monday Night Football” (also on ESPN), “NASCAR on FOX,” “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, and “NFL on FOX.”
These awards honor sports personalities in five different categories. The Best Studio Host contenders are Kevin Burkhardt, Bob Costas, David Feherty, Dan Patrick and Mike Tirico. Costas is also nominated for Best Play-By-Play against Doc Emrick, Verne Lundquist, Al Michaels and Jim Nantz.
Best Studio Analyst nominees are former NBA star Charles Barkley, Kirk Herbstreit, Harold Reynolds, Bill Ripken and Tom Verducci. Herbstreit contends again for Best Sports Event Analyst against Jay Bilas, Cris Collinsworth, Bill Raftery and John Smoltz. And Best Sports Reporter competitors are Verducci, Ken Rosenthal, Craig Sager, Michele Tafoya and Tracy Wolfson.
TV academy president Bob Mauro said in a statement, “Today we honor the men and women who bring us the kaleidoscope of ‘live’ entertainment that is sports television. Through the marvel of our digital world, the sports community brought us front and center into history making moments, whether it be in our family rooms, at the corner sports bar or on our cell phones and tablets. Beginning with a buzzer beating shot leading to Villanova’s victory in the Final Four, to watching LeBron James bring Cleveland back from the brink in the NBA playoffs, and then follow that with the Rio Olympic Games watching gymnastics phenomenon Simone Biles and the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps, and we already had memories galore. And that was only half the year!
“Then the world watched the Chicago Cubs win the incredible seventh game of the World Series, the last second win by Clemson over Alabama in the College Football Championship and then top it off with the extraordinary Super Bowl victory from Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and it just doesn’t get better than this!”
Added Sports Emmys Senior Vice President Steve Ulrich, “It has been another outstanding year for the sports television industry and the quality of this year’s record number of entries continues to raise the bar of what sports programming can be. With Brent Musburger being recognized for his almost 50 years in sports television, it will be a grand night as we celebrate this stellar cast of nominees on May 9th at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.”